Why Home Buyers Should Hire Their Own Home Inspector and How to Choose One

When you’ve found the perfect home and you’re preparing for all of the final details to be sorted, there are a few important things that should not be forgotten about.

As a home inspection is among the last steps in the transfer of the home, here’s why it’s very important to find the right person for the job.

Assessing All The Elements

Purchasing a home is among the most important and expensive decisions you will ever make, and for this reason it’s necessary to hire a professional that has experience with how a home should function.

Because there are so many things that make a house run smoothly, the right inspector will be able to assess any major issues for you so that you’re not forced to pay a high price for fix-ups when the deal is already set in stone.

What The Inspector Will Look For

There are a number of things a home inspector will look at that encompass all of the main functioning systems of a house, and this should determine if your home will be a good investment for you. There will be items that need regular or routine maintenance that will be identified, but the most important issues like a cracking home foundation or mold can be a major expense.

From start to finish, a home inspector will be able to give you a written report of any minor and major issues that will help you determine the value of your investment.

How To Find The Ideal Inspector

One of the most important factors when it comes to the right inspector is experience, and no piece of paper can make up for this.

While your inspector should certainly have professional certification from organizations like the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI) or the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO), they should have a number of years under their belt and have seen enough to know what to look for.

There are a lot of things to think about when buying a home, but finding the right inspector can go a long way in positively impacting your purchase.

If you’re currently on the market for a home and are considering your options, get in touch with me for a no-obligation consultation.

Maria Lopez
RE/MAX Advance Realty
(305) 467-0774
MLopez5020@gmail.com

 

How to Get the Most Value from Your Home Inspection

One of the most stressful parts of selling a home is the dreaded home inspection. Getting the most value from a home inspection is crucial, especially since any missed item can cause a significant amount of trouble a few years or decades down the road.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few tips on how one can get the most value from a home inspection.

Keep Calm and Inspect On

Having a stranger poke around every corner of a house with a microscope is frustrating. Homes have emotional value and no one wants to hear about their homes’ flaws. The key to a successful inspection lies in remaining calm. Getting angry and arguing with an inspector is a sure way to lose money.

Stay calm, smile, and accommodate the inspectors. The payoff is worth it.

Understanding the Process

Buyers depend on home inspections to protect them from purchasing a money pit. They want to know what they are getting into. This means that the buyer hires the inspector, not the seller. The seller must do everything they can to present a good face to the inspector because the inspector is not on their side.

Inspectors investigate every aspect of a home from the roof to the yard. They look for problems that require immediate address and problems that might arise down the road. Negotiations take place once the buyer receives the inspection report.

Good Presentation

Home inspections are rather like selling the house all over again. Take the time to dress for success. First impressions are very important when it comes to any sale. Dress nicely and act politely. Clean up the home. Touch up areas that need new paint and put some new flowers in the garden.

Repair minor problems like loose gutters, faulty steps, and trim work. Make the inspector work to find problems instead of providing obvious issues.

Update the Indoors

Most homeowners are aware of what needs to be done. The time to take care of existing issues is before the inspection. Get electrical systems and heating and cooling systems tuned up by a professional. Take care of minor roof repairs. Address any plumbing issues.

Not only does this save sellers money during negotiations, it also shows that they take good care of their home and can go a long way towards getting the best price for the home.

The best way to get the most from a home inspection is to talk with an experienced real estate agent. The next best way is a good presentation and addressing known issues prior to inspection. Inspectors look more closely at homes with obvious problems than homes that appear to be well taken care of. Don’t wait. Start preparing for your inspection today.

Are you thinking about moving soon? Give me a call and I’ll be glad to give you some helpful tips.

Maria Lopez
RE/MAX Advance Realty
(305) 467-0774
MLopez5020@gmail.com