Why you should get an Home Inspection

Whether you are buying or selling a home, you should have a professional home inspection performed.

A home inspection looks at the systems that make up the building such as:

  • Structural elements, foundation, framing etc
  • Plumbing systems
  • Roofing
  • Electrical systems
  • Cosmetic condition, paint, siding etc.

If you are buying a home, you need to know exactly what you are getting.  A home inspection, performed by a professional home inspector, will reveal any hidden problems with the home so that they may be addressed BEFORE the deal is closed.  You should require a home inspection at the time you make a formal offer, and your Realtor will make various suggestions of whom to contact.  Make sure the purchase contract has an inspection contingency clause.  Then, hire your own inspector, meet them for the inspection, ask questions, and pay close attention to the inspection report.  If you aren't comfortable with what he finds, you should request your Realtor to attempt to re-negotiate the purchase price.  

Likewise, if you are selling a home, you want to know about such potential hidden problems before your house goes on the market.  Almost all contracts include the condition that the contract is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory inspection.  And most buyer's are going to insist that the inspection be a professional home inspection, usually by an inspector they hire.  If the buyer's inspector finds a problem, it can cause the buyer to get cold feet and the deal can often fall through.  At best, surprise problems uncovered by the buyer's inspector will cause delays in closing, and usually you will have to pay for repairs at the last minute, or take a lower price on your home.

It's better to pay for your own inspection before putting your home on the market. Find out about any hidden problems and correct them in advance. Otherwise, you can count on the buyer's inspector finding them, at the worst possible time.

If you have any questions about this, please give me a call at 941-504-1445 or email me at Sherry@SherryBitner.com

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