Many times the buyer will try to provide you with an inspection report on an inspection they had done themselves. However, it’s not always best to rely on what someone else says was done. Having your own home inspection done insures your purchase before its finalized. It also ensures that there are no pests in the home you are purchasing or infestation problems that may come up to be an issue later.
What Should I Have Done Prior To Getting A Home Inspection?
Complete a walk-through of the home and examine the home carefully. Check behind doors and in closets for any “surprises” that might otherwise be hiding if you decide to purchase the home (i.e. stained carpets, marks on the walls, ruined pieces of the ceiling, exposed electrical work, etc.).
Talk to some of the neighbors to see what kind of care these people took of their home and to see what kind of neighbors the people you are buying the home from are. This can give you great insight as to how this home has been treated and what kind of shape it will be in when you acquire it if you would choose to purchase this home.
Check the utilities thoroughly to ensure that all of them are in working order. This includes the appliances (i.e. stove, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, etc.) all working well including all of the electrical work all being up to code. Check to make sure all of the fire alarms in the home work well. If the home has a sprinkler system ensure that that is in working order as well (in case of a fire).
While these steps will not find every single fault with the home (as some are not obvious to the untrained eye), they can help you eliminate major issues that are glaringly obvious before you pay money for an inspector to come look at the property to determine further if it’s in good shape.
Should I Get A Home Inspection Before Or After Making An Offer?
Many homes may look like they are in pristine condition to the naked eye, while, to the trained eye of a home inspector there may be flaws that are very evident. Moreover, more and more people are understanding how important home inspections are. According to the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) about 90% of homes that are for sale are currently inspected before the closing on the home occurs.
Remember, if you choose not to have an inspection done on you home and end up closing on a home that has huge problems with it, sadly, at that point, the problem is unfortunately yours to handle. Even smaller things can add up to being a big expense such as clogged AC vents, leaky faucets, burnt-out light bulbs, etc. Homeowners are sometimes slow to fix these things and it can lead to big expenses for the person who purchases the homes next.
Either way, having a home inspection done before making an offer is the best bet (it avoids getting both your hopes and the current homeowners hopes up too much). However, even if you make an offer, be sure to have the home inspection done before the closing date, or you are responsible for any problems that may exist with the home you are buying.
Whether you are buying, selling or maintaining your home, GCA Home Inspections provides professional and quality service from the moment you call us. For more information getting inspections on a home that meets your family’s needs please feel free to contact us.