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The Importance of Home Inspections

Posted on 07 November 2017 by sam

Searching for a home can be exhausting. In fact, it can be so tiring that when you find a home you want that’s in your price range, you may be tempted to just skip the home inspection entirely before signing off on the deal. This is not a good idea. Home inspections are a critical step in both buying and selling a house. You need a home inspection to get a full picture of that house you want so desperately to buy.

Knowledge is power

It may help to compare buying a home to dating. Even if you’re not pulling up an app and swiping left on homes you don’t like and right on homes you do like, buying a home is still a major emotional investment. If you don’t act carefully and purposefully, you’re going to end up with a dud.You don’t want to be like your friend who is ready to move in with a girl a week after he meets her. When you fall for a person (or a house), it’s easy to fall hard and fall fast, but you still need to protect yourself. We’ve all seen the cheesy Lifetime movies where a woman meets a guy, falls in love with him, and gets married, only to discover his three previous wives all died under mysterious circumstances. A home inspection won’t reveal any dead bodies in the basement (hopefully), but it might reveal major problems with the sewer lining in your house. If you discover that before you take possession of the house, you may be able to work out a deal with the seller where they pay for some or all of the repairs. That’s a lot harder to do if you’ve already signed all the paperwork.

Yes, a home inspection will cost a few hundred dollars, but it’s better to spend that money now than to spend four times that a few months from now when you discover the roof is crumbling and will need to be replaced as soon as possible.

Get a good agent on your side

Another way to avoid any nasty surprises is to find a good real estate agent. Look around your city and region and ask for recommendations. Remember that local real estate agencies can often provide a better experience than huge national ones. That’s because they know the area incredibly well. Let’s say you’re looking for homes for sale in Fairfield Township when you discover that a work colleague just purchased a home there that she loves. Ask what agent she used, and then give them a call.

An ethical agent will show clients the house that exists, not the house that the clients wish existed. That means they won’t try to hide any ugly details about the home’s past. Most of us would probably want to know if we’re looking at a house that was the site of a double homicide three years ago. We might buy it anyway, but we’d want to know beforehand in case our new neighbors don’t one day greet us with, “So glad to see someone bought the murder house!”

Good agents will also encourage their clients to get a home inspection, even if the bank doesn’t require it. They know that most people buying a house plan to live there for a good long time, and they want to do everything in their power to make your dream home a reality.