5 Reasons why you need a home inspection
A home is such an important life purchase. Purchasing a home, means, “This is the place I’m going to raise a family in.” it means, “I’m going to create a lot of memories in this house.”, it means, “I may grow old with my family in this home.”
With such a hefty price tag associated with it, wouldn’t you want to be 100% certain that this is the “dream home” you’ve been looking for? And if it isn’t, wouldn’t you want to know what you could do about it?
Home inspections are so instrumental in the homebuying process. It can save you a lot of heart-ache, time, and money.
Allow me to elaborate just why in 5 important points.
1. So you know exactly what you are buying
You’ve found your dream home, you see the kitchen counter made out of marble, the couch you’ll spend many lazy Sunday evenings on, and the basement where the husband can have his mancave to host his poker nights with.
Everything seems clear, and you’re certain that, “This is it.” so you sign the check and hand it over for all those memories you’re going to have - but you didn’t know that along with the house you’ve also bought a mold infestation, leaking radon gas, or faulty wiring.
Home inspections are all-encompassing examinations of the condition of a house. Generalists by nature, a home inspector will be able to catch problems in a house from leaky pipes, to imperfections in the woodwork, to hazardous cautions like black mold.
Doesn’t it make sense to have a second opinion besides the person trying to sell you the house? Wouldn’t it be better to have a professional to nip any problems at the bud and tell you, “This is in fact your dream home!”?
2. You will save money in the long run
So a home inspection costs somewhere in between $300 and $500. That’s quite a bit of money isn’t it? Look at it this way, the median house value in Washington and Oregon respectively are $350,000 and $404,500. That’s a big investment! Wouldn’t it be a good idea to spend an extra $400 to make sure that this is a sound investment?
Imagine, it’s deep into November, it’s 40 degrees outside but you and your family are inside with the heater on, together watching some Christmas TV. Then, the light goes out, the heater cuts, and the TV fritzes out. Your family is cold, everyone is shivering and huddle together for warmth. You realize, maybe it would’ve been a good idea to make sure the wiring in the house was in the best condition before you bought it.
Rewiring a house costs way more than $400, let’s be sure about that. For a 1,200 sq ft. home, the price can range between $3,500 to $8,000. What’s $400 then?
3. You will be able to negotiate for a lower price
You’ve been looking at a house that’s slightly out of your price range, just for the fun of it perhaps; but in the end, you’ve fallen in love with the idea of that house being your home. “It’s PERFECT!” you probably thought to yourself but bow your head down for not being able to muster up the amount you need.
Enter the home inspector. A home inspector’s job is quite frankly to find the imperfections of a house for you. All the imperfections found in a house gives you POWER that allows a channel of negotiation. Negotiation for a lower price.
Even if you’re not looking at a house that’s out of your price range, a lower cost would be nice wouldn’t it?
4. You can get the sellers to fix the imperfections
Home inspections open up the possibility of negotiations. Not just for a lower price, but also for miscellaneous details that work in your favor. Quite often, buyers include clauses in their contract requiring the seller to make repairs if necessary.
Having a detailed home inspection is like arming yourself with a list of reasons why you believe your future home shouldn’t cost that much. Solid facts about the condition of the home gives you a lot of bargaining power.
5. Because it matters
This home, will be where you create many memories. You think to yourself, “There will be so much love in this home, there will be so many happy times, and when there aren’t happy times, this is the home where we will get through it all.”
“This home is where I will keep my family safe.”
“I need to make sure that this is the right choice, for my family, because it matters.”