There are a lot of things that today’s buyers look for in a home—high-end appliances, open floor plan, and natural stone countertops to name a few. But it is just as important to know what to walk away from, specifically large issues that may mean costly repairs for you as the new homeowner. But these issues can be harder to identify. This is where the all-important home inspection can help.
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is exactly what it sounds like, a detailed list of the condition of the home after a thorough inspection. Home inspection reports include everything from the condition of appliances and fixtures to foundation or mold damage. A home inspection report is different from a property appraisal, which assesses the home’s value. However, they do include much of the same information about the condition of the property.
Why pay for a home inspection?
If you have extensive knowledge of construction and building code, you may be able to identify potential issues yourself. But for the majority of us, paying a few hundred dollars for a home inspection is absolutely worth it. If issues are identified, it can provide you with negotiating power, resulting in fixed problems before the sale or even a lower sales price. It can also provide peace of mind, which is priceless when it comes to home ownership.
Where do I find a home inspector?
A quick Google search should result in numerous professionals that serve your area. Each state has different regulations, but most require a certification or training for home inspectors. Passing the National Home Inspector Exam may also be required. Your realtor can be another valuable resource when it comes to finding a reliable home inspector.