Value of Home Inspections
When working with buyers to purchase a home, especially first time home buyers who I think are the best to work with because I love to see their EXCITEMENT in their Eyes and the fun in their Voice, don't forget about hiring the right inspector to look over the specific home you are purchasing. In the article above there are good points about checking out their credentials, getting references, and hiring someone local that knows the codes for such items as electric, septic, well and more. The biggest suggestion I can give any homeowner is to PLAN ON ATTENDING and then ATTEND the ENTIRE inspection process which is probably the best 2 to 3 hours you can send on this large of an asset purchase.
If you buy a used car, don't you want to trust the mechanic and then watch them go through the point checklist to make sure everything is correct BEFORE you drive it off the car lot? The same principle applies here but on a much larger magnitude.
Like the little girl in the pink dress above with her DR. WATSON's eye glass, don't be surprised if you don't check it out first. Checking for chimney damage internally and at the cap of the chimney is important as well. Things like that make a difference as you become a homeowner of this new to you home.
As always, use a professional REALTOR® so you can have guidance and support throughout the entire process.
Donna Joerling 314.808.1712