Buying a home can be exciting and daunting at the same time. As a buyer, you want to find a house that meets your needs and is within your budget. If you’ve found a property you love, order a home inspection to be well-informed about such a large investment.
What is a Home Inspection?
As a buyer, you can add a contingency to the contract stating that the home purchase depends on the findings of a home inspection. Then, you will hire a professional inspector to thoroughly inspect the home for issues and safety concerns. The inspector will create a report detailing their findings. Here are a few reasons why a homebuyer should order an inspection.
Locate Problems and Concerns When You Order a Home Inspection
Your home inspector will examine every system and component of the house. The final report will include findings related to the roofing, wiring, floors, heating system, plumbing, furnace, and health and safety issues. The inspector may also note areas of mold growth and signs of insect or pest infestations.
These findings will be documented in the inspection report. The home inspector will include images of problems or concerns and may make notes about recommended repairs in the house.
Find Structural Issues
The home inspection will make the buyer aware of any structural issues present in the property. Cracks in walls and ceilings and out-of-level door frames can be signs of a weakened or damaged structure. Major structural issues could be cause for renegotiation with the seller, as these types of problems can cost thousands to repair.
Order a Home Inspection to Negotiate With the Seller
If you find out during the inspection that the house is not in good condition due to significant damages or repair needs, talk to your real estate agent. Some issues may be important enough that you can negotiate with the seller to have repairs made. The seller may agree to fix the issues, offer an allowance, or lower their asking price to help the buyer afford the repairs and upgrades that are necessary. The contingency clause in your purchase agreement could allow you to walk away from the sale if major issues, like foundation damage, are found.
Order a home inspection to learn as much as possible about the property you are interested in. The inspection will provide you with a clear picture of the condition of the home. You’ll have the information you need to decide if the property is a smart investment. Hire an experienced inspector and attend the inspection if at all possible.
Brick n’ Beam Home Inspections provides inspection services to customers in St. Louis County, Jefferson County, and the surrounding areas. If you’re buying a home, contact us to schedule an appointment