You’ve chosen the right realtor. You’ve scoured the listings, and visited several homes, all of which could fit your needs, but you’ve finally landed on the perfect house. It has everything you want, and then some. It’s the right price, it’s close to the right schools, and you’re chomping at the bit to move in. Stop right there. You need to have a home inspection conducted first, and you need to ensure that you don’t make these three common home inspection mistakes.
- Inspect New Construction
If the home you’re buying is new, don’t think you can get out of the home inspection. In fact, new construction often has more problems than existing homes, so ensure that an inspector goes over the property with a fine-toothed comb.
- Be There for the Inspection
There are many things that you can comfortably pass on being around for when buying a home, but the inspection isn’t one of those. Be there when the inspector shows up and then walk the home with him or her. Not only will this ensure that you know exactly what’s wrong with the property, but it will give you a better understanding of the home as a whole and any potential problems it might develop down the road.
- Follow through on Recommendations
Your home inspector will point out things that must be fixed, as well as things that should be taken care of but aren’t quite critical yet. Follow through on all of his or her recommendations. Not doing so is essentially asking for trouble. If you don’t follow through with them before the close of the sale, you’ve made those problems your own, and the seller has no obligation to help you with them.
Your home inspection is important. Make sure you do it right.