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The Importance Of Home Inspection

By Jamie Richardson | July 12, 2017

Have you finally reached that point in life where your finances allow you to purchase a home  for you and your family? Because of the long wait for this moment, it’s easy to get carried away and make a haste, uninformed purchase which can result in financial downfall. The purpose of this article is to save you from such a predicament.

A house is one of the most important purchases you’ll probably make in your lifetime. So, before signing the contract make sure to be well aware what it is that you’re purchasing. Professional home inspectors will help you with that.

A home inspection is a comprehensive examination of the state the house is in. It should be performed before the purchase in order to avoid a costly mistake of buying a property that’s in need of major repairs. Don’t ring the bells just yet thinking you found your “dream home”. Leave it to the home inspector to let you know if it’s really a “dream home” or a potential nightmare.

Home Inspection Experts
Services such as UltraSound Home Inspections offers a comprehensive service designed to catch any issues; as the site says, UltraSound: “…will take the necessary time needed to explain each issue found so you will have a better understanding of any possible expenses that may be involved in correcting your new home.”

When you’ve got a service like this in your pocket, you can truly understand what you’re getting with a new home. An inspector will cover features of the house such as electrical wiring, plumbing, roofing, insulation, as well as its structural features and, as a result, encounter issues that would otherwise be unnoticed.

You are making a big investment, and it is important to understand exactly what you are purchasing. Having a certified home inspector conduct a thorough assessment of the prospective property, could be compared to taking out an insurance policy against all potential operating costs.

Types of Home Inspection Processes
There are different types of home inspection processes. First and most important, is the  general inspection of the house. A certified home inspector will examine the features of the house such as its structure, the exterior, the interior, roofing, electrical installations, plumbing, HVAC, insulation and ventilation. Once the inspection is completed, the home inspector will provide you with a report suggesting certain improvements or repairs deemed necessary to fix to meet the right standards. This report could be a great tool in further negotiations with the seller.

Another home inspection process you may want to have is a termite/wood destroying organism inspection. The inspector would check for signs of structural damage caused by insects which could cause significant problems down the road.

Other inspections you may consider before purchasing a home are water testing, oil tank testing, septic tank testing, a radon gas test, indoor air quality test, etc.

Increase Your Property Value
A home inspection can be beneficial to the seller as well. By going through the process, certain problems can be found which are relatively easy to fix. The home inspector will highlight the problematic areas. Fixing those areas could lead to an increased value of your property, thus enabling you to list it at a greater price.

Avoid The Money Pit
If you don’t take precautions of this variety when buying a home, you may very well find yourself stuck in a money pit. Don’t be fooled by a beautiful property and an excited realtor. By hiring home inspection experts, not only will you be informed about the condition of the house, you will also be able to get a reduced price on the property.

A proper home inspection can help a buyer get a fair price on a property, or it can help a seller list a property at a greater value. The right kind of home inspection should not be bypassed. Furthermore, it can benefit both parties.

Jamie is a 5-year freelance writer who enjoys real estate. He is currently a Realty Biz News Contributor.
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