A Quick Q&A Regarding Home Inspections
As a homebuyer, getting a home inspection is part of your due diligence during the buying process. What is a home inspection, though? Why are they important? Also, why is it important to hire a good inspector?
Let’s go over each of these questions one by one:
1. What is a home inspection?
It’s when a licensed inspector surveys the property and creates a report of anything that’s improper about the home that needs to be repaired, focusing primarily on health and safety issues.
2. Why is a home inspection important?
There are two main reasons. First, it gives you a clear understanding of the condition of the home. Buying a home is one of the largest purchases you’ll ever make, but there’s no way to come to an accurate estimate of what you’d be willing to pay for it without knowing the home’s condition. Second, it helps you identify all of the home’s major issues. After that’s done, you can negotiate over terms like the home’s price or which repairs the seller will make.
3. Why is it important to hire a good home inspector?
Hiring a licensed inspector is the best way to protect yourself. If you hired just anybody off the internet to do the job, they might miss certain details. The point of a home inspection is to find every little imperfect detail of the home, so, naturally, you want someone who’s detail-oriented to do the job. Hiring someone who comes cheaper might save you $100, but they might miss a couple thousand dollars’ worth of repairs.
If you need recommendations for a good home inspector, you can always ask your Realtor or check Yelp and look at the reviews of all the inspectors in your area. If you have any other questions about home inspections or about our real estate market in general, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d be happy to help you.