Buying a home is a huge investment and you should do all you can to be sure it’s a good one!
Hire a qualified and home inspector to inspect the home. You can easily find home inspector’s by asking your Realtor ® for recommendations, inquire from family and friends or even look on your own, on-line or by the area directory.
Schedule your appointment on a day and time that you can attend as this is your time to learn about the home. Your Inspector will be happy to answer any questions you may have and provide a full and complete report of his findings once prepared.
A home inspector is primarily concerned with health and safety issues and in finding things that may incur a big expense to be repaired or replaced however he has a full report of items that must be checked. Understand when you look over the report, which may call out many more items that you may have expected, many of these items will not be considered priority repairs. There is no home that is perfect, not even new homes but it will be up to you to decide which repairs you feel need to be addressed.
Hiring a home inspector could potentially keep you from making a very big mistake in choosing your home. I will always strongly recommend a home inspection, it is protection for my clients. A home inspection will usually cost about $300-$400, do you really want to risk potentially buying a home with hidden issues, only to save a few hundred dollars? It could ultimately end up costing you much, much more if you do.
Your home inspection will not only provide you with information regarding the condition of your home…it will also provide you some welcomed peace of mind.