Buying a home may be one of the biggest investments of your life. You want it to be a sound investment, which is why it is in your best interest to have a home inspection. Even while we are in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, you want to require this important homebuying step. In addition, you should insist that yours is done with an experienced home inspector. The home inspection process and report can provide peace of mind or guidance to adjust an offer or perhaps even walk away from the home if necessary.
Inspections are Impartial
Someone who has lived in a home for years often has a sentimental connection to it. They may have come to live with the fact that some windows don’t open, for example. Sometimes they believe that the imperfections in the home add character. However, when your experienced home inspector looks at the home, they do so with impartial eyes. They aren’t swayed by the memories or perceived charm of the property. Instead, they use their knowledge of how things should be and present the facts to you. Any current code violations must be addressed. Your home inspector’s goal is to provide you with a full understanding of the mechanical and structural issues of the home and any appliances included with the purchase.
Buyer, Be Aware
We all know the expression buyer beware, but when it comes to purchasing a home the better expression for home inspection is, “Buyer, be aware.” It benefits you as the buyer to have a better overall understanding of the condition of the home and its major elements. Once you’re aware that, for example, the water heater is on its last legs you can ask the seller to compensate you or you can reduce your offer. If you become aware of something larger that may be detrimental to the safety of the home or may require very expensive repairs, like foundation issues, you may decide that it’s better to walk away.
Detailed Reports Help You Budget for Future Repairs
Most homebuyers understand that no home is ever perfect. Things like HVAC, roofing and appliances simply don’t last forever and will require maintenance and repair over their lives. When you trust an experienced home inspector who provides a detailed report with your inspection, you’ll gain valuable insight regarding items that may need repair or replacement in the next few years. This will help you budget for your future home repair needs.
You and your Realtor® should review the details of the report. If you have questions, your inspector should be willing and able to answer them. You don’t have to look at issues in a home inspection as a negative; rather consider them as you negotiate the price on the home or plan for and budget for the future.
The experienced home inspectors on our Pillar To Post team would love to provide safe and quality home inspections to you or your clients. Simply call us at (727) 934-8339 to schedule a home inspection.