The best possible way to experience peace of mind - translated "Honey, I can now sleep tonight" - when purchasing a house in the Northern VA Real Estate market, or for that matter anywhere, is to employ the services of a qualified, well trained home inspector. A competent inspector will make sure the structure of the home and various systems which include, but are not limited to, the roof, heating, plumbing, electrical and air conditioning systems, are in good condition. An inspector will also offer to check for mold and radon (Usually there is an additional charge for this service). Additionally, you will also understand more clearly the routine maintenance that should be performed on a monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual basis.
A typical home inspection should cost somewhere around $250 to $600 and sometimes even more depending on the size of the house. This is a relatively small amount when you consider the thousands you could lose by not hiring an inspector. When you are preparing your offer to lock in the deal, make sure your Real Estate agent clearly states that the terms of the purchase are conditioned on the approval of a professional home inspector chosen only by you, the buyer. In an offer to purchase this is called a contingency!
Additionally, you should, within 24 hours before your close, have a final walkthrough of the house. This should be clearly stated in the offer to purchase/contract so that you will have guaranteed access. At this time you will want to run some water again to make sure there are no obvious leaks. You will also want to turn on the heating and air conditioning systems and visually inspect walls and floors to make sure nothing has changed since the professional inspection and that everything is fully operational.
Finally, if the seller has fixed anything at all that was noted during the inspection; make sure you get the receipt! This way you will know the repairs in question were performed by a qualified, licensed technician. Some Home Inspectors for a small fee and sometimes simply as a follow up visit, will even come back and re-inspect after the completion of any agreed upon repairs.
David L. Burrows, Realtor®
Envirian of Warrenton
Warrenton, Virginia 20186
Phone: 703.391.9200 x9119
A Burrows' Thought worth considering: Buying a house involves commitment to the task before you. My definition of commitment is translated inconvenience. Expect the unexpected after you have a contract. Something always develops that you didn't expect to happen. When it does, remain calm and absolutely resolved to see everything through to the end.
Interested in Some Great Reading on selling your home? Take a look at these articles on my website: Selling Your Home: Where do you begin?
Seller Guidance: I would encourage you to employ a Realtor®® to help you sell your home. When your agent or another agent is showing your house, go away and let them do your work for you. I also urge you to utilize my FREE SELLERS TOOLKIT before selling your house.
Buyer Guidance: I would encourage you to really check out anything and everything you are told by a well meaning seller. Employ the services of a Buyer's Agent to help you discern what you read and listen to about the area you are thinking of calling home. I would also urge you to get my FREE BUYERS TOOLKIT before heading out on the journey to find your new house.
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