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The Importance Of Inspections
Dated: April 11 2018
Buying and selling a house can be a great experience, and it is usually one of the largest financial decisions anyone will make in their life! However, sometimes there are some roadblocks that can occur, and it can make the experience a more stressful one. One of the biggest things that usually can occur to put a kink in the process is the issues that can come with home ownership and buying a home. Getting an inspection is a huge part of this process, and some people still choose not to get them. I'm here to say that it's pretty much a must have! It doesn't matter if the home is new construction or built 50 years ago. There may be underlying issues that might not be as apparent that inspectors know to look for, and can point out to you. This can really make the decision to buy a particular home a more educated decision that you will be happy with.
Buyers and home inspections:
When buying a home, you get excited about the home, and it looks great to you. You know that saying "love is blind"? It can apply to homes too. You want to see it as the best home in the world because it just so happens to be exactly what you are looking for, but there may be something lurking there that the naked eye might not be so keen to see.
Getting an inspection is a very smart thing to do. I have seen homes that look perfectly fine that have had issues that no one noticed until the inspector came to get a better look. I've seen termites, ant infestations, mice, bad foundations, bad roofs, huge bird nests hanging out in the attic, bad trusses, mold, leaks in the foundation, plumbing issues, bad wiring, etc. You name it! It could be there, you just never know. Some of these issues are obvious and can really put a damper on things if they aren't known until after the fact. Sometimes some of the more major issues can be taken care of with an agreement between the seller and buyer. More than likely, the seller may not even be aware of these issues. It's better to be safe than sorry. I always recommend an inspection when buying a home. Even new construction may have some problems that can end up causing issues later on. Better to catch them now than later!
Sellers and home inspections:
It's very interesting that many sellers don't get a home inspection before putting their home on the market. Most think that just because the buyer is getting one anyway that it doesn't make sense for them to be getting one too. Honestly, this can be a huge selling point! Even if the buyer plans to do their own inspection, at least you have taken that extra step, and it really shows you care about the buyer buying your home.
Another benefit of getting an inspection prior to listing your home is that you will be prepared for what might be asked of you by the buyers. It may also give you the opportunity to fix some issues that you may not be aware of. This shows diligence and care taken. It also shows that your home is a better option over all the rest that haven't done an inspection. It may not be a requirement, but it is better to do it now as opposed to being surprised later on when they buyer asks you to do a bunch of repairs to the home.
Obviously, home inspections are an important aspect of both the selling and buying process. You never know what you might find out, and once you get an inspection, you will be more educated and informed on the condition of your home and what to do next. For more information about inspections, selling homes, or buying homes. Contact me anytime by phone, text or email. I'm always happy to help!
My name is Jacki Rekow, and I'm a realtor here in the Treasure Valley in beautiful Idaho. I have lived here all my life, born and raised, and can honestly say that I don't think I could find a more ve....
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