How Home Inspections Lead To Smart Decisions

Purchasing a home is an exciting prospect, but it isn’t always fun. You may go through dozens of homes — spending hours debating over each one — before you settle on one you really like. And even when you find a house worth calling home the process is still in its infancy. Next up is filling out paperwork, negotiating, finding insurance, and a host of other duties.

The process can seem complicated enough without bringing in even more third parties. With that said, there’s always one thing that you should do before making any home buying decisions: get an independent home inspection. Here’s why home inspections are so valuable and how you can make the most of yours.

The Value Of An Independent Home Inspection
A home inspection isn’t about telling you whether or not to buy a house. It’s about giving you all of the facts you need to make an informed decision. Yes, your home inspector may have to give you bad news. And yes, it’s tough hearing that a house you’ve fallen in love with has some fatal flaws, but it’s much better to find this out before you make a commitment.

Choosing The Right Inspector
Who you choose to perform your inspection is important as well. With that in mind, here are a few tips on choosing the right inspector:

  • Do Your Research: Between Yelp and Google, there’s a wealth of information out there. That doesn’t mean you blindly trust every review you read, but if there’s a strong consensus in either direction then take heed.
  • Ask Questions: If an inspector isn’t willing to answer questions about their experience, licensure, or inspection process then you should move on.
  • Make Sure They’re Independent: An inspector shouldn’t have any kind of financial ties to the home seller or the real estate agent. This creates a conflict of interests and it isn’t good for you as the consumer.

This is just scratching the surface, but it should give you a head start when searching for your home inspector.

Making The Most Of Your Home Inspection
Now that you’ve found the right inspector; it’s time to start preparing for your home inspection in earnest. First off, you should block out some time to actually attend your home inspection. The whole point is to help you gain a better understanding of the house you’re about to buy and the best way to make sure that happens is to be present and engaged during the inspection.

Being engaged means actively listening to what your inspector says and asking questions when appropriate. Ask them about it! It’s their job to help you understand things. They don’t want you to end up in a home only to realize there’s a deal breaker issue. It reflects poorly on them if you do.

Finally, you should prepare yourself for the possibility of bad news. Think about what your deal breakers are. How much are you willing to spend on repairs, for example? You can ask the seller to rectify the issue before you purchase a home or discount the cost of repair from the price, but would you be okay going forward if they refused?

So yeah, the process of buying a home isn’t easy. Most everyone would agree that the end result is worth it though. There’s nothing quite like owning your own home. You just have to make sure that the house you fell in love with really is worthy of being called home. For that, you need a home inspection.

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