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W
hether you are buying a condo, a new construction, or a resale home, you should consider having a professional home inspection. Unless you are an expert, it is highly unlikely that you will notice a home's minor, or sometimes even major, problems during a typical house viewing. This is why it is important to obtain a professional unbiased second opinion before making such an important decision.  A good home inspector may find things that could mean expensive repairs later. He/she will identify existing or potential problem areas, and give an overview of the condition of the property. The best inspectors will also make suggestions on how to solve any problems they discover and give a general estimate of possible costs. It allows you to make your purchase with confidence. It avoids surprises once the deal has closed, and it offers the chance to rethink or renegotiate an offer if serious concerns do arise.

When hiring a home inspector, make sure of the following:

  • That they are well established and have the required experience and credentials.
  • That they are independent and unbiased - they have no affiliation with any firms that might create a conflict of interest.
  • That they will provide a thorough written report of their findings.
  • That they stand behind their work. What warranties do they provide?
  • That they are members of a professional association, such as ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors, NANB (National Association of Home Builders) or ICBO (International Conference of Building Officials).
Recommended Books
Complete Book of Home InspectionComplete Book of Home Inspection
Inspecting a HouseInspecting a House
A Safe Haven? ... Assessing Environmental HazardsA Safe Haven? A Homeownership Guide to Assessing Environmental Hazards

You can assume that an inspection by a qualified inspector will be a complete one, but don't assume that the seller will agree to make any and all repairs your inspector recommends. Many times such defects are something the seller never new about either. The seller may feel they sold the home in good faith, especially it it's not brand new. The cost of recommended repairs are negotiable. Whether you accept the defects "as is" or negotiate with the seller to pay for some or all of the repairs, you're ahead of the game with knowledge of the property's true condition. There isn't money better spent in a home purchase.

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Mike Burns,
CRS, GRI
REALTOR®, Broker-Associate


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