That can seem like a lot of money when you're saving to afford a new home and moving expenses. But, what if you buy the house and learn 6 months later that it needs a new roof?
A shingle roof on a 1,500 SF house averages $3,700. Without the inspection, you could end up paying a lot of money for a repair you didn't expect.
The home inspection tells you the house needs a new roof. That means you can negotiate for the roof before you buy. You can ask the seller to replace the roof or reduce the price as compensation for repairs.
Now, $323 seems like a good price, doesn't it?
Will the Seller Wait for My Inspection?
A home inspector is usually contacted as soon as the contract or purchase agreement is signed. Most inspectors schedule the examination in a few days.
The seller should want an inspection as much as you do. If you're worried about losing the house to another buyer, make your offer contingent on an acceptable home inspection.
You can put an inspection clause in the agreement that makes your obligation to buy the house dependent on the inspector's report.
That keeps your offer in play but protects you. It also gives you a negotiation advantage if the inspection reveals any problems.
Benefits of an Inspection
You can think of home inspection services as an investment and an education. Heck, think of it as an insurance policy. Here are a few of the benefits:
Avoid Costly Mistakes
Whether this is your first home or fifth, you'll know before you buy if there is a problem with the roof, HVAC, structure, etc.
Negotiate a Better Deal
Knowing about potential repairs lets you negotiate selling terms. You can ask the seller to make adjustments in the price to accommodate upcoming expenses.
Help with Decision Making
Decisions are easier when you know the true condition of a home. You can decide which expenses and repairs you're willing to tackle. If a house has too many problems, you can choose to walk away from the sale.
Protect Your Family
A positive home inspection confirms your house will be safe. That gives you peace of mind and a secure place for your family to live.
Omaha Prime agents are ready to help with questions on home inspection, or any aspect of buying or selling a house. Call us at 402-403-6195.
Author:Rachel Tiller Phone: 402-403-9181 Dated: September 26th 2017 Views: 650 About Rachel: I am the team leader for The Prime Team with Keller Williams Realty and have been a Realtor since 20...
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