I've had many purchasers over the years indicate they will NOT be getting a Home Inspection when making the offer to purchase a particular house. Many of those buyers feel they can look things over themselves and as a result save a few hundreds of dollars in what it would have cost by hiring an Inspector.
My response has always been to give a list of concerns buyers will need to personally address to know the house and property is "Move in" ready. Often, after they look at this list the decision is made to spend some money and hire an inspector. Why? The list I gave them really requires a seasoned and qualified professional. Here is only the partial list:
Exterior condition: Roof, eaves troughs, brick, mortar, paint, siding, decks and patios, underground irrigation (when applicable), outside water outlets.
Energy efficiency: Type of heating, insulation and windows. Is the system clean? Is it old? Is it in good repair? How much additional life is still in the present heating system? Are there safety concerns that need to be looked at?
Air quality: Air filtration systems must be examined. Don't forget that you need to run a radon test?
Basement: Crawlspace conditions - Water stains, mold, leaks or cracks. Is the integrity of the house in place?
Structural problems: Sticking doors/windows and uneven floors. Perhaps your house is on a slab? What is the condition?
Water pressure: Test by turning on the taps or flushing a toilet. Is the toilet loose? Are there dripping faucets? What about the Hot Water Heater? How old is the heater?
Parking Conditions: What is the condition of the concrete or asphalt?"
This list could go on and on and on..............
While the above list is only a small part of what is looked at in a Home Inspection, hopefully it will convince you too, that you need an inspection by a qualified inspector. I personally wouldn't buy the home without it.
David L. Burrows, Realtor
Envirian of Warrenton, Warrenton, VA
Selling thought for the day:
When you are selling your house it is no longer your home - it is a house for sale.
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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