Buying a home can be both overwhelming and stressful. After your offer was accepted, there are a lot of things that you should do. One of the things that you should first consider is, hiring a home inspector. At this stage of the process, you will figure out what are the repairs should be make. At some point, having a home inspection is a great idea. They will give you an awareness of a home’s problems before purchasing it. This would also allow you to negotiate with the seller to cover the cost of some repairs. Basically, this will give you an idea whether you pursue buying the home or you will just move onto another that better suits your needs. The following article tells you everything you need to know about home inspection.
Finding a Home Inspector
You should be aware that a home inspector and a contractor are not the same. A contractor, may have know how to fix the existing home problems, while the home inspector are specifically trained on how to identify the problems of the home, even if they are slightly enough to be seen by others. In finding a home inspector, you have to make sure that you hire a certified professional. This may cost you more than hiring a contractor, but this will give you a complete report of the home inspection.
You may also ask your agent in finding a home inspector. He or she probably has a few reliable contacts from the past transactions. You can also find a good home inspector through the internet. Whichever way, make sure to ask the inspector if they are certified.
Ask for Disclosure Prior the Inspection
Before you start the inspection, make sure that you already have the disclosure form from the seller. Do not start the inspection without the disclosure form. This will give you an idea what are areas your inspector should examine.
What you should do during the inspection?
First, you should review the seller’s disclosure form and inform the inspector about the disclosures. Make sure to check if the seller’s disclosure form matches the inspector investigation. Follow the inspector during his evaluation, and take down notes. As I have said, homes inspection will give you an idea, whether you will continue to buy the home or walk away from the deal. Having an idea of what you are getting into will get rid of the stress of home buying, and this will also help you to make a good decision.
Obtain a copy of Inspection Report
Once the inspection was done, the home inspector will send the inspection report directly to your real estate agent, but it is a good idea to obtain a copy for yourself. This inspection report will be the summary of potential problems that was identified in the inspection and make sure that the pictures are provided for the damage areas. By obtaining a copy of inspection report, will help you to negotiate with the seller to cover the cost of some repairs.