Avoid These Home Inspection Mistakes.
It’s both exciting and intimidating to buy a new home. For most people, it’s the largest single buying decision they will make in their lives.
One thing that is intimidating about buying a home in addition to the large price is the complicated nature of the structure itself. For most people what is behind the walls, inside the attic, and under the floor is a relative mystery.
We’ve all heard stories about people who bought their dream home only to find out soon after they move in that it is really a repair nightmare costing them a fortune and untold complications to their lives.
The way to protect yourself and remove that sense of intimidation when it comes to the structure of your new home is, of course, to have a home inspection. But inspections vary widely in their value. To help you get the most out of your home inspection here are some mistakes you want to avoid when having your home inspected.
Not getting multiple recommendations
Your real estate agent might suggest a home inspector, and that inspector could turn out to be wonderful. But you’re the one buying the house, so make sure you choose well. Besides asking your friends and neighbors, use the American Society of Home Inspectors to vet their recommendations and make sure you hire someone who’s qualified.
“Interview the inspector and find out about how they work, what their background and training are, whether they are licensed and insured, attend continuing education classes, and have a communication style that you are comfortable with,” says Welmoed Sisson, a Maryland home inspector.
Being too intimidated to ask questions
Unless you’re a contractor, you probably don’t know much about the “guts” of the house: the electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems.
So attend the inspection — and ask plenty of questions. “A good inspector will answer all of your questions thoroughly and will explain what he’s doing and looking at all along the way,” says Rob Williams, a Washington, DC, real estate agent.
If you don’t understand what the inspector just told you, ask for clarification. “Don’t let it slide because you’re too scared to ask,” says Williams.
Assuming a new-construction home is fine
You probably wouldn’t have a new car inspected by a mechanic before buying it, so the same goes when buying a new house, right?
Surprisingly, new homes still need to be inspected. Some have been known to topple faster than a five-tier wedding cake without dowel support. Many have defects, even if they did meet county codes.
If the builder reassures you that the house is perfect, get it inspected anyway. Save your urge to gamble for the casinos.
– via Trulia’s Blog
More Mistakes To Avoid When Having a Home Inspection
Here are two more very basic mistakes that people often make when having their homes inspected. Whether you are buying or selling you must remember that a good inspection is to your benefit but you must be involved from start to finish to ensure that you get the best possible outcome.
Not attending the inspection
Attendance may not be mandatory, but it’s a good idea.
Just reading that inspection report isn’t enough for most homeowners to get the full picture, Gibson says. “If they don’t see it, they don’t understand it.”
Gibson adds that he turns down 50 inspections a year “because people can’t be there or don’t want to be there.”
Mitenbuler says, “Any home inspector who doesn’t let you follow him around? That’s weird. Ask me any question you want.”
Set aside enough time for the whole thing, Gibson says. The inspection will take an entire morning or an afternoon. Some inspectors will sit with you after the inspection to explain things and answer questions, he says.
Many localities don’t allow inspectors to offer advice on whether to buy the home, Mitenbuler says. But a good inspector can give you an estimate of how much money you’ll need to put into repairs and upgrades and talk about how well that fits your budget.
Not reading the inspection report
Too many buyers and sellers just glance at the inspection report, Gibson says.
You need someone who uses “clear, concise” language in person and in written reports, says Mitenbuler.
One clue: Scan a few inspection reports, he says. Either check the website or ask for a sample.
A knowledgeable pro will state simply what’s wrong with the house and what it will take to fix, Mitenbuler says.
Reports are often in digital format, with photos to illustrate the home’s strengths and weaknesses, Gibson says.
– via www.bankrate.com
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