7 Home Inspection Mistakes That Cost Money.
Thursday Aug 31st, 2017Share
Get your house inspected by Professional home inspector. You can be confident that you are buying a good house even if you’re not a engineer, plumber, roofer, or professional air quality evaluator. Say's Raj SharmaReal Estate BrokerBrampton Real Estate
How? Hire a home inspector, of course.
Here are few home inspection tips that could help save you money and helps to avoid making mistakes along the way.
1. Not getting multiple recommendations
Your realtor might suggest a home inspector, and that inspector could turn out to be wonderful. But you’re the one buying the house, so make sure you choose well. Besides asking your friends and neighbours, use the Professional Home Inspectors and make sure you hire someone who’s qualified.
Ask home inspector whether they are licensed and insured.
2. Not attending the inspection
Because buyers get a report from the inspector after the job’s done, many people don’t realize they can be at the inspection. In fact, your realtor expects you to be there. So home inspector can show you what they find and let you know whether it’s a big deal or not.
Unfortunately, some inspectors might skip some areas, which is another reason to be there. Don’t let some excuses prevent your inspector from checking a hard-to-get-to area.
If it’s raining, the home inspector may avoid inspecting some exterior areas, such as the deck or crawl spaces. If that happens, there’s a possibility a potential problem could be missed.
3. Being too intimidated to ask questions
Unless you’re a contractor, you probably don’t know much about the “guts” of the house: the electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems.
So attend the inspection — and ask plenty of questions. “A good inspector will answer all of your questions thoroughly and will explain what he’s doing and looking at all along the way,” Say's Raj SharmaReal Estate BrokerBrampton Real Estate
4. Not turning on utilities
For a normal home inspection, the utilities will still be connected by the sellers — but that isn’t always the case. “With certain foreclosure properties, it’s the buyer’s responsibility to get utilities turned on for an inspection,”
If utilities are turned off, you’ll miss seeing important stuff, such as whether the air condition, furnace, stove, fridge, washer /dryer works properly, dishwasher drains properly, the pipes leak, or the water flow is sufficient.
5. Not testing for water and mold problems
If the home you’re buying gets its water from a drinking well you need to have the water tested for contaminants.
Everyone should get water tested — whether the water comes from a well or from a public source. “Water testing can tell you about the integrity of your plumbing, if you have copper or PVC, or if you have arsenic, lead, or radon exposure in the home.”
It’s also important to test for mold. “Mold remediation can be expensive, and if you have toxic molds, you may end up with health complaints,”.
6. Assuming a new-construction home is fine
You probably wouldn’t have a new car inspected by a mechanic before buying it, so the same goes when buying a new house, right?
Surprisingly, new homes still need to be inspected. Some have been known to topple faster than a five-tier wedding cake without dowel support. Many have defects, even if they did meet county codes.
If the builder reassures you that the house is perfect, get it inspected anyway. Save your urge to gamble for the casinos.
7. Not hiring a specialist if you need to
A home inspector is like a doctor who’s a general practitioner. They both can diagnose problems, and they both know when to refer you to a specialist. If your housing inspector recommends a specialist, you should get one.
“It may save them a ton of money later on.”
It’s understandable you want to buy a house after you’ve gone to all the trouble of finding it, putting in an offer, and then paying for an inspection. But don’t forget that the inspection is not a mere formality — you actually need to consider the results.
If the inspector finds problems that the seller won’t address, depending on the severity of the problems, you might need to pass on the deal.
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