Home Buying Tips: Additional Inspections, Reports, and Requests

Real Estate Broker/Owner with MBA Broker Consultants CalBRE Broker #00983670

Be aware that a rural property will not have standard public utilities, but instead it may have a septic tank, a water well, solar panels, wind turbines, a satellite dish, and a propane tank for fuel.  Be prepared to ask for (and pay for) an inspection of each item.

If it’s a brand new house, or a newer building, ask the seller for blueprints, floor plans, building specifications, architectural, structural, and mechanical plans.  Older houses probably won’t have that available, but when there have been add-ons, you should ask for remodeling plans and copies of permits.

Get appliances warranties and manuals from the seller.  If the seller has painted the house, ask the seller to leave cans of paint in the garage, so you can color match later on.

Read more in our book, "Buy Your First Home",

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Regina P. Brown
Broker, Realtor®, M.B.A., e-Pro, GREEN
California DRE # 00983670


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