So you’ve finally found the house you’ve been searching for and thinking about the long time you consumed searching for it may make you so eager to seize the opportunity, hold it! Don’t get too excited yet, you still have another task to do; home inspection that is.
Buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions you’re gonna make in your life so you have to be cautious. Before making an offer to a house, do an initial home inspection first. Look for obvious deficiencies. Check out the foundation, does it look structurally sound? Are there cracks? See the condition of the roof, the siding, and the gutters. Check out the yard as well and your neighbors. If you don’t like what you see, then it’s time to move to the next property. If you are satisfied with what you see outside, then it’s worth to check inside.
Here’s a trick, if a house has a basement, check it first. Basement tells a lot about a house. Check the floor and ceiling and look for water marks or sign of mold. From the basement, inspect the rest of the house, look for water stains, check walls for cracks, leaks and mold. Check the windows. Check if all switches work, also check the plumbing, the heating and cooling system.
When the house passed your initial inspection then you can commit yourself to this house. Once you make an offer, review the seller’s property disclosure. If you have any concern about your initial inspection, you may find it in the disclosure.
You must remember that your agent is not an inspection agent so you will need to hire a licensed home inspector to go over the house. Remember that this is a huge investment on your part and you have to ensure that you’re making a wise decision. A property inspection is one of the most important parts of the buying process.
Attend the home inspection. You can learn many things about the house and its operating systems during the inspection process. You will receive a written report of the home inspection after. This report may include repairs, major defects, issues that need to be addressed.
After the home inspection process, you may want to meet the seller and review the result, assuming you find some defects and you would like to negotiate with the seller to reduce the price to accommodate the repairs. You may also ask if the seller is willing to shoulder the repairs. If the inspection was flawless, then you are one step closer to buying your new home.
Looking to buy? Are you a first time home buyer? We can help! The J Michael Manley Team go above and beyond to help you find the perfect home, from searching the right property that meets your real estate needs until you finally sign the deal. We will walk you through the process and make sure that you get the best deal possible. Are you ready to find the right home?
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