For a little while now, we’ve been blogging about the steps it takes to become a first time home owner. You can check out our previous articles here. Today, let’s talk about home inspection!
Finding the right inspector is a very important part of your home buying journey. Why is it such a big deal? How do you find a good one? And, what can you expect? We’ll answer all your questions – let’s dive in!
1. know why it's important
You’ve found the perfect house. You’re ready to move forward. The anticipation is absolutely killing you. At this point, you might feel like getting your prospective home inspected is slowing you down – and quite frankly, annoying! But, we’ve all heard the saying “looks can be deceiving, “right? Sometimes, houses that look wonderful on the outside can have a myriad of problems lurking under the surface.
Your home inspector actually has your back! He/she will look over every inch of the home you want and bring any concerns to your attention.
2. Pick the Right Inspector
We’ve now established that getting your home inspected is super important. So, how do you get started? Research, research, research! Don’t rush this part. Talk to family, friends, and your agent to get recommendations. You’ll definitely want to find someone who has experience, references, and is licensed and insured.
Keep in mind that your home inspector will ultimately determine your future budget. So, it’s important to make the right choice.
3. know what to expect
As a buyer, paying for your future home’s inspection is part of your responsibility. The price will vary based on location, property, and any optional tests added to the inspection.
Here’s what a good inspection includes:
- Septic Systems
- Walls, ceilings, floors
- Roof and gutters
- Major appliances
Tests that measure radon or carbon monoxide levels typically cost extra. Your home inspector will be equipped to administer these tests and provide information on the results.
4. Schedule Time To Attend Your Home Inspection
Isn’t this best left to the professionals? Of course, but it’s also an incredible opportunity to ask questions and see how everything works. Walking through your future home with the inspector gives you the chance to really look at everything thoroughly. Plus, it’s also the perfect time to take measurements for window treatments, carpet, or appliances you plan on replacing! At the end of the inspection, the inspector will review his/her findings with you.
5. Don’t Freak Out If The Report Isn’t Perfect
If your dream home has been lived in before, odds are you won’t receive a perfect report. Don’t panic – it’s totally normal! After the inspection, you should receive a list with action items that need attention. At this point, you can request that the seller make the needed repairs. If the inspection reveals severe damage, you can also withdraw your offer and resume house hunting.
How DuGood Can Help
Buying your first home can seem pretty overwhelming. We want you to FEEL GOOD about the process! Here are a few ways DuGood can help:
- Download our FREE First Time Home Buyers Guide.
- Talk to one of our Lending Experts. Our team has years of experience and is happy to help with whatever you need!