Reasons To Attend Your Own Home Inspection

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Mortgage and Lending with Waterstone Mortgage NMLS#186434 NMLS# 274129

Reasons To Attend Your Own Home Inspection

 

Be present for your home inspectionAs a home buyer in Isanti , you can get a feel for whether a home’s systems and appliances are in working order. However, you can’t know for certain until after the home’s been inspected.

This is why real estate agents recommend that buyers hire a licensed home inspectors immediately after going into contract. It’s the best way to really know the home which you’re buying. 

By definition, a home inspection is a top-to-bottom check-up of a home’s physical condition and systems, including a review of the structure, and its plumbing and electrical systems. Home inspections are not the same as a home appraisal, which is a valuation of the property.

When you commission a home inspection, you should be present for it. Here are 3 reasons why :

Seeing For Yourself 
There’s a big difference between reading a report and seeing “live” what may be right or wrong with a home. With first-hand knowledge of a potential issue, you’ll be in a better position to determine whether a problem warrants contract cancellation, or whether it’s an additional negotiation point. 

Discovering The Home
Via a home inspection, you will learn where the systems reside within a home (e.g.; boiler room, garage), and how to operate them. This is a valuable educational opportunity and most inspectors are happy to share what they know. It’s also a chance to ask questions about maintenance and upkeep.

Better Understanding
A home inspector’s job is to review and disclose the condition of the home. The inspector’s report, however, is just a summary on paper. In being present for the inspection, a buyer will be able to visualize and understand the report’s conclusions more clearly. This can make for more effective re-negotiations with the seller, in the event that damage or distress is identified.

So, what should you do during the home inspection? Your primary tasks are to watch, listen, learn and ask questions. A professional home inspector will welcome your participation in the process.

 

Shawn Gerhardson with Waterstone Mortgage

About the Author

Shawn Gerhardson (NMLS #274129) is an active loan officer with Waterstone Mortgage. Email Shawn directly at sgerhardson@waterstonemortgage.com, call at 763-691-0202 or click to get afree, no-obligation rate quote. You can also find Shawn on Twitter @Mortgageg and on FacebookSpecialties: Purchase, Refinance, Debt Consolidation, Conventional, USDA Rural Housing, FHA,VA and MHFA Loans. Credit Repair, Relationship Networking, Direct experience with starting a networking group from the ground up.

 

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Frank Rubi
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Shawn, I agree with the buyers should always attend the inspection. 

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Shawn - Thanks for the list of reasons to attend own home inspection.

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