7 PRO TIPS FOR GETTING YOUR HOME INSPECTION IN 2019
Buying and selling your house can be a hectic task. Especially if you’re buying a new house, you need to make sure that the house you have set your heart onto and willing to pay every penny for, is worth it or not. You don’t want to spend your money on a house that has secluded issues that will cause you serious trouble in the future.
Therefore getting a home inspection is the wisest decision you can make before green lighting the purchase. There is a lot of process that you need to be aware of before and during the house inspection that could potentially save you from wasting your time and money.
So here are a few tips that we got from experienced professionals to help you get the best possible inspection and the red flags you should look out for:
NEVER REJECT INSPECTION
The biggest mistake buyers do, is when the seller asks them to forgo the inspection, they don’t get the house inspected. Which would be in tremendous favor of the seller but certainly not for the buyer. House inspection is designed to protect the buyer from making a wrong decision in purchasing a damaged property that will be a nightmare in the coming years.
BE PRESENT DURING THE INSPECTION
Most of the buyers leave the inspection to the house inspectors and don’t give much thought of being there during the inspection. After all, you are paying for the inspection, you need to be there before it starts and stick till the end.
HIRE AN INSPECTOR THAT YOU TRUST
Finding a home inspector that you know or you can trust can give you a great boost in getting through the inspection process smoothly. You can talk around with your friends if they know any or you can even take a friend who has more experience in buying houses than you during the inspection as it will certainly give you peace of mind and a sense of trust.
The previous point supports this one. As you need to make sure that the house you are going to buy has potential damage and is a bad decision or not. If you don’t understand anything or something feels fishy, be sure to ask and talk with the home inspector to clear out any confusion. It’s better to ask the questions before purchasing the property rather than after you bought it.
GET PROOF DURING INSPECTION
If you’re not going to show up during the inspection you won’t be able to have any proof. The sellers can show denial and be ignorant of the problems. Therefore it’s better to bring your own camera and ask the inspector to document any problems he perceives during the inspection and help you better understand the problems. Using an infrared camera will be better as it will be able to show damage not visible to you.
DON’T GET CARRIED AWAY
During an inspection don’t get too carried away as to start telling the inspector how to do his job. He is a professional and you should be involved but not too much, as it could lead to prolonging the inspection and confusing your inspector.
DON’T FORGET THE ROOF AND BASEMENT
Make sure to check the roof as it’s the only thing that will really protect you from the pouring weather. Most of the buyers and professional home inspectors don’t go to that great lengths to fully inspect the roof, especially if it inaccessible. And the basement gives you the idea of the foundations of the house. If there are a lot of cracks, make sure if they are repairable and will not cost you any problems in the future.