Home Inspection Guide For Buyers and Sellers . Of Special Interest To Home Buyers

Buying a home is largely an emotional experience. Sometimes it's love at first sight. But often love is blind, and many buyers learn too late of such unseen conditions as cracked foundations, deteriorated plumbing, worn out heating systems, or dangerous wiring.
photo A professional home inspection is your best defense against pitfalls and their consequences, such as:
- Costly repairs..
- Inconvenience..
- Animosity..
- Disappointment..
You may have some knowledge of construction, or a friend or relative may have a background in plumbing or carpentry, but there is no substitute for the objective eye of a skilled home inspector who knows where to look, what to look for, and how to evaluate hundreds of key points throughout the property. Unlike the home buyer whose observations are likely to be partial, the home inspector performs his/her role with an unbiased attitude.
photo Keep in mind, a home purchase is one of the largest long-term investments of your life. As a result, you need to know as much as possible about your prospective purchase. By identifying existing or potential areas of concern, the inspection report will help secure your investment, avoid post-closing surprises, and provide you with peace of mind. An insightful report is fundamental to making the right buying decision.

As soon as you become serious about the purchase of a home, you should consider a professional inspection. When you come to a decision to purchase a particular house, have a protective clause into the purchase agreement which provides you with the right to have a home inspection conduct a complete general home inspection.

It is important that you, as the home buyer, be present during the two to three hour inspection. By accompanying the inspector you will gain additional insight.

- See first hand the condition of each key component throughout the house and property so you will have a better understanding of your house and of the inspection report.

- Alleviate concerns about findings which, on paper, may seem distressing but in fact may be superficial. For example, the inspector might explain that an alarming noise coming from an appliance can be quieted by some lubricant; that an unsightly column needs only a coat of paint, or that the problem that caused a water spot has previously been corrected.

- Learn about the operation of your new home; how the heating system works, how to control pilot lights, how to turn on various appliances and components, where shutoffs are to save time and avoid frustration. The inspector can point out maintenance needs and procedures and explain how and when to check items needing periodic monitoring.

- Have all of your questions and concerns addressed immediately as they arise.

Prior to the inspection, prepare a list of questions or concerns about the property. Relate these to the inspection company in advance to ensure that such matters will be properly addressed and that any special arrangements can be made if necessary. Bring your list to the inspection.

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