When you save up for months for a down payment to buy a house, you want the house to be a good investment and its systems to all work properly. Home inspections help you check further into a home to discover any problems and damage. Here are some recommendations to help you use a home inspection to choose the right home for your property purchase.
Submit Your Purchase Offer Deadlines
When you find the home that you want to purchase, you will make an offer to the seller with a detailed price and all the other pertinent purchase details. Included with these details should be a deadline to inspect the home's systems and components.
Although you have looked through the home and checked cupboards, closets, and crawl spaces, you will want a more thorough inspection complete by a professional inspector. So, by providing a deadline for you in which you can complete a home inspection, you will allow yourself time to check out the property well before the closing date. This allows you to renegotiate your purchase offer terms if, for example, you find that the home has some problems in the roof's structure or part of the foundation has cracked and is sloping to one side.
This deadline for you to complete a professional inspection provides you the opportunity to fulfill all the important due diligence steps before closing on the deal and taking possession of the home. It is a good idea to find out if there are any problems in the home that are not visible to you so that you can negotiate them into the home's purchase price.
Hire a Professional Inspector
When you plan to have a professional inspection completed before you buy a home, you will want the inspector to be an expert you can count on. Your realtor can propose a great inspector to hire for the job if you need a professional recommendation. Or you can ask and interview several inspectors to find out how long they have been completing inspections and how many inspections they complete each year. This is a good way to find out how experienced they are and how much practice they have doing their profession.
Some inspectors will allow you to come along with them while they work, but others want to take the time to focus on the task at hand. Either way, your professional inspector will provide you with a full inspection report that details and photos of their findings.