Do you need to get an inspection?
The last thing anyone wants after purchasing a home is to discover it has major issues. This due diligence period, which is typically the time between making an offer and closing on a home, gives you the opportunity to inspect the property so you know exactly what you’re buying.
During a home inspection, the inspector will examine the home’s physical structure, including the foundation, walls, and roof, and the systems like the furnace, plumbing, and electrical. Most contracts are written so that the sale is contingent on the inspection. If there are any serious issues, you’ll have a chance to renegotiate with the seller or back out of the deal altogether.
Many of the issues home inspectors uncover are a result of the home’s age, but buying an older home isn’t the only time you should consider getting an inspection. You’ll also benefit from getting one if you’re buying a new build and on your own home before you put it on the market. Here’s why.
Before You Buy a New Build
A new build may not have the problems that come with an aging home, but new doesn’t mean flawless. Different contractors may work on your house with different work ethics and varied quality of materials. Plus, contractors are human. Mistakes can happen.
Ideally, you should have at least two inspections done on a new building: one before the drywall goes up and one after construction has been completed or nearly completed. By getting a pre-drywall inspection, the inspector can get a close look at the plumbing, electrical, and framing. If repairs are needed, they can be made more easily and quickly.
The final inspection on a new build is the same as any other home inspection. If any problems are found at this time – incorrectly applied stucco, uneven floors, sticky doors – the responsibility for fixing these issues will fall on the builder.
Before You Sell Your Home
We tend to think of getting a home inspection before buying a house, but you can get ahead of the game by having it inspected before it goes on the market. This gives you the chance to address any issues with your house before they become a concern for the buyer.
When you get an inspection before you sell, you are also showing buyers that you are being open and honest about the condition of your home. A house that has been put to the test will be more likely to sell faster, and that saves you money. Buyers will have confidence in your property.
Your home inspection can show not only that your home has no defects, but it can also highlight your home’s great features. A pre-inspection will showcase any upgrades you’ve made, proving to buyers your house is a gem.
After the Inspection
Whether it's a brand-new build or an older home, some issues will inevitably be uncovered. What you are looking for are major problems that need to be addressed with the seller or perhaps are deal breakers for you.
Serious issues can be renegotiated, but it’s not the time to nitpick every detail. Still, a laundry list of problems, like needing more than 30 windows replaced, might be a red flag about how well the home was cared for. Once you get your report, your inspector and real estate agent can give you more insight into what it means for you.
If you’re thinking of buying or selling and need advice on home inspections, connect with me today.