Congratulations on finding the home of your dreams! Now it’s time to make sure there are no significant issues before you sign a binding sales contract. The best way to do that is to schedule a professional home engineering inspection.
It’s also a valuable opportunity for you as the new homeowner to shadow the inspector while the inspection is being performed. You’ll gain an understanding of the house’s systems and how they work — a great education for a first-time homeowner.
Be prepared for anything to arise. Some issues that come up in an inspection are deal-breakers or are so severe that the seller must remedy them in order to sell the house. Others may be more easily addressed. Sometimes it comes down to a matter of “how much?” and “who pays?”
It’s important for you to know that the inspector is obliged to note exactly what he sees. An inspection report can sound extremely alarming, as it will reflect everything that is older or damaged or deteriorating. Unless the home is brand-new or unless the seller has addressed everything before they list their home, a first-time home buyer can be totally upended by an inspection report.
Here are some of the hot-button findings that you should be aware of:
Issues that come up at inspection have the potential to stop you in your tracks. However, if you are working with a highly experienced realtor, she will help you understand the issues and the questions to ask. You’ll be able to discuss any concerns calmly and rationally with the appropriate construction professionals, these issues need not be deal-breakers.
To learn more about what to expect from your home inspection, talk to Fiona Dogan! Call 914-414-5147.
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