Home inspections have always been important for and requested by the smart buyer; now more than ever, an inspection is becoming an absolute necessity. Whether you are looking to purchase a luxury home, a mid-priced home, or a low-priced home, an inspection is equally important. And if you are one of the many consumers interested in taking advantage of the rising number of foreclosures occurring in College Station and Bryan, take note!
Home buyers must ensure they know exactly what kind of house they are purchasing, and this can best be achieved through an inspection. Not only do inspectors need to carefully examine the systems and structural components of the home, they can identify items that need to be repaired or replaced. Were the floors, ceilings, and walls well-built? An inspector will examine everything in great detail, including doors, driveways, sidewalks, windows, gutters, and lights.
Further, they can estimate the remaining useful life of major systems such as electrical, plumbing, heating, and air conditioning. A thorough test will ensure the utmost working conditions of your new home.
Another added benefit is that inspectors can also delve into the history of your potential future home. Though it sounds like a dramatic and uncommon problem, an increasing number of homes put up for sale (generally foreclosures) are being ousted as former methamphetamine labs. The main incidence is that many of these were rental homes, with landlords who were unaware of what was occurring until it was too late. A home inspection is a wise choice as it provides real estate agents and consumers with priceless knowledge and a realistic level of protection during the home-buying process.
The information gathered during an inspection can also benefit the buyer in ways that will be rewarding for years to come. Most buyers who have had a home inspection completed will gain a better familiarity with their home. The location of shut off valves, pump switches, heating and cooling filters, and breaker panels is all found in a comprehensive home inspection. The inspector will generally identify and map these items for the future dwellers.
The bottom line is, spending a few hundred dollars could end up saving you thousands of dollars in the long run. When you make a written offer on a home, you should insist that the contract state that the offer is contingent on a home inspection conducted by a qualified inspector. You will have to pay for the inspection yourself, but it could keep you from buying a house that will cost you far more in repairs down the road.
As foreclosures continue to enter the College Station and Bryan market at a drastic pace, it is important that buyers keep this advice in mind. Use a reputable and professional Realtor as well as an experienced and trained home inspector. If you have any questions about the home buying process, or would like a referral to a quality College Station or Bryan home inspector, please contact me.
Clay Lee – Realtor
Century 21 Beal, Inc.
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