Why You Should Always Request Home Inspection Services Before Buying

Dated: September 26 2017

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Home inspection services are one of the most important things a home buyer can ask for. Click here to learn why you should always request these services.

Hooray! After months of searching for a new house, you think you found your perfect home.

It has everything your family wants: front porch, man cave, shaded yard, two-car garage, and extra bathrooms.

You're ready to buy it and move in.

Wait just a minute. Not so fast!

Before you buy — in fact before you commit to an offer — you should consider home inspection services to guarantee the house you just fell in love with will love you back.

(Even if you're still searching for your house, keep reading. You'll need this info.)

Let's discuss what's involved in an inspection, and why you should get one. 

What are Home Inspection Services?

A certified inspection of your home includes an examination and assessment of the condition of the building and all its systems. An inspector will check everything connected to these main categories:

  1. Structural Condition

  2. Exterior Surfaces

  3. Windows, Doors

  4. Interior Rooms

  5. Kitchen, Bathrooms

  6. Electrical

  7. Plumbing

  8. Insulation

  9. Roof, Gutters, Attic

  10. Heating and Cooling System

  11. Basement, Mechanical Room, Crawl Space

After the inspection, you'll know the true condition of your home and all its systems.

Who Should Do the Inspection?

Choose a certified professional. Ask friends, relatives or co-workers for a referral. Do not ask your dad or uncle unless he is a certified pro.

The American Society of Home Inspectors offers a certified home inspector search tool to help you find someone in your area.

Once you have an inspector, plan to accompany him/her on the inspection. It will be a 2-3 hour visit. This is an excellent chance for you to learn all about your future home.

What Does an Inspection Cost?

According to HomeAdvisor.com, the average price of a home inspection in 2017 is $323. The range is $200-$475.

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.

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Rachel Tiller

I am the team leader for The Prime Team with Keller Williams Realty and have been a Realtor since 2011. Real estate is my passion, whether it is helping people buy, sell, build, or invest. It doesn't ....

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