So, you think you’ve found your dream home? As far as you can tell, the home looks like it’s in good condition and checks all the right boxes. Now you’re ready to make an offer and proceed with the purchase. But have you had the home inspected by a professional?
Getting a home inspection is always a good idea, no matter what house you’re buying. It can help you make a more informed decision and, ultimately, may end up saving you money in the long run. Below, we’ve provided some information for first-time homebuyers about what to expect from a home inspection.
Home Inspections: Everything You Need to Know
There are risks involved with any investment and buying a home is no exception. However, there are steps you can take that will help minimize the risks. One of these is getting the home you want to buy inspected by a professional.
Here’s everything first time buyers need to know about home inspections.
What Is a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is a detailed evaluation of a home’s condition which is conducted by a trained professional. The home inspector assesses everything from the structural integrity of the home to the condition of its mechanical systems, appliances, plumbing, electric, and so on. This is done to make the buyer aware of any potential issues with the home or foreseeable problems that may arise in the future.
When Should I Get a Home Inspection?
A buyer’s home inspection is done after the buyer makes an offer and the seller accepts but before the closing of the sale. It’s important to note that a buyer’s home inspection is different from a seller’s home inspection, which happens before the home is listed.
Tips for Hiring a Home Inspector
A home inspection is important, so you want to make sure you hire the right individual for the job. Here are some tips that can help first time homebuyers with their search:
- Ask your real estate agent for referrals
- Ask neighbors, friends, and family about home inspectors they’ve hired
- Research the inspector’s background and history
- Ask about their experience and how many inspections they’ve performed
- Check online reviews and the BBB website
- Ask about certifications and training
- Make sure you review copies of their license and proof of insurance
- Ask for a sample report
- Ask if you can be present during the inspection
- Find out what systems will and won’t be inspected
- Inquire about ancillary inspections
- Determine a timeline for the inspection
Following these tips will help you get started in finding the right home inspector for your situation. We also recommend comparing different home inspectors in your area and making multiple inquiries so that you are aware of the options available to you.
Get Started with the Homebuying Process
Finding a home inspector is just one of the steps involved with the homebuying process. As a first time homebuyer, you’ll also need to go through the process of financing your purchase. Call our office today to find out how you can get pre-approved for a mortgage or get more information about home financing options.