Buying a new home can be both an exciting and scary process. Unfortunately, many people do not know what to look for in order to spot problem areas before they buy. That is one of the many reasons that buyers frequently use the services of professional home inspectors to look over the home.
There are many advantages to obtaining a home inspection before you buy. A few of the main benefits are described below:
- It provides a structural examination of the home.
Structural problems are one of the most expensive issues that you can have in a home. An inspector can often look at the home and determine whether there are obvious issues that you should be concerned about. Sometimes homeowners are not aware of problems before they sell a house, either. Having an experienced, neutral third party look over the “bones” of the house is a good idea.
- An inspection can create some room for negotiation.
It is no secret that even minor home repairs can be expensive. Many buyers do not want to purchase a house in which they immediately have to fix things to make it livable. By having an inspector point out problems, you can go back to the seller and either ask them to make the repairs or negotiate down the price of the home so that you can make the repairs yourself. You still have time to negotiate even after the inspection has been performed!
- It provides a to-do list for the buyer.
Most home inspections come back with a laundry list of minor repairs that are not overly concerning but should probably still be addressed. If you do not want to ask the seller to take care of these items, you can use the inspection as a “to-do” list so that all of the concerns are fixed before you sell the house yourself in the future. It points out problems you likely did not know you had and often provides suggestions on how to address them.
- Inspections help spot compliance issues and safety concerns.
One of the most important aspects of purchasing a new home is ensuring that it is safe for you and your family. An inspector will be able to tell you if there are any safety concerns or if anything in the house is not up to current codes and regulations. Again, you can either address these issues with the seller before you finalize the purchase or you can use this information as a checklist to make the repairs on your own.
A home inspection is an extremely valuable service. The Matus Law Group recommends that virtually every home purchase have an inspection before the transaction is complete. Find out more by speaking to a member of our team. Contact us today.