Out of everything you have ever done, the thing that worries you most is taking out a mortgage to buy a home. You know that the choice you make could seriously affect your finances and future. You want to buy a home at a lower price and know that its value will improve over time. You want to know that the home is exactly what was represented, so you can plan for the improvements that you need to make.
An essential step to take as you look to buy a home is to get an inspection, no matter how good the home looks. Some unsavory sellers may try to paint over defects or hide problems with the home, which they should not be doing. To protect yourself, you need to get an inspection for any property that you’ve made an offer on.
When you get an inspection, there are a few things that you should do. Here are four tips to make the inspection better.
- Be there during the inspection: You don’t have to sit out the inspection. In fact, it’s a good idea to be there and to understand what the inspector believes is wrong with the home.
- Look for cosmetic fixes: Another thing you’ll want to do is to do a pre-inspection where you look for cosmetic fixes. For example, do you see what looks like fresh paint over one small area of the room? There could have been damage or putty work that you’ll want to ask about.
- Look in the attic: Your inspector should look in the attic, but you should, too. Check for infestations, damage, mold and other signs that the area is not in good condition.
- Try the plumbing: Yes, you should go to the bathroom in the home you’re thinking about buying. You should turn on the water and see how it runs. You’ll be able to see if there are clogs or issues with the water’s coloring then.
Your own pre-inspection, and a real professional inspection, can help you make the most of this purchase and prevent you from encountering any legal tangles in the future.