Buying Your Home - Home Inspections & Warranties
Do I need a home inspection?
Yes. Buying a home "as is" is a risky
proposition. Major repairs on homes can amount to thousands of dollars.
Plumbing, electrical and roof problems represent significant and complex systems
that are expensive to fix.
How do I find a home inspector?
realty agent is one source. But keeping them independent from the agent may be a
good idea. Inspectors can be found by Google, LinkedIn, professional associations. You can ask for referrals
from friends. Check out their references.
What's a home inspection?
A home inspection is when a paid
professional inspector -- often a contractor or an engineer -- inspects the
home, searching for defects or other problems that might plague the owner later
on. They usually represent the buyer and or paid by the buyer. The inspection
usually takes place after a purchase contract between buyer and seller has been
signed, but before the conditions are waived. When a BIG issue is identified, your realtor can negotiate a price reduction or contractually-oblige the seller to repair the problem PRIOR to your possession.