When buying a house you have an option for an inspection. An inspection is not required by the lenders to lend on a property but it’s also a process that shouldn’t be overlooked. The truth is the inspection is probably the most important aspect to home buying. I want to share with you a few tips to the inspection process because it is so important.

Make sure you get an inspection! I can’t tell you how many people want to purchase a house but don’t want to pay for the inspection. An inspector is a doctor for a home. He goes through the nooks and crannies, the attic, crawl space, roof, you name it. His job is to find things wrong with the house not things that are right. He’s also there to walk you through home ownership 101; show you how your house works, how to take care of things, but most importantly he’s there to show you want needs to be fixed or updated.

Make sure the inspection company you use is not a fly-by-night inspector. There are plenty of great inspectors out there that work for themselves but in my experience I’ve seen single home inspectors fall short compared to larger companies that have multiple inspectors that work for them. Price is a big factor in choosing an inspector which is why most wish to forgo the inspection process. Trust me when an inspector says they can do your home for seventy-five to two hundred dollars versus three hundred plus you get what you pay for.

Be there for the inspection. While we, as your agent, may not attend the inspections it’s very important that you the buyer does attend. It’s one thing to read an inspection report and decide what you want to see fixed it’s another thing to walk the home and see it in person. You’ll learn quite a bit while being on an inspection such as how the to operate the furnace, water shut off valves, sump pump locations, AC unit locations, etc. Being at the inspection is very important.

Once the inspection is done you’ll have a report to review. You then can ask the sellers to make repairs to the property based upon this report. The key is to ask for major issues not minor issues. Have the furnace and air conditioning units cleaned, serviced, and certified. Get a roof certification for five years.  Address structural issues and safety hazards. Avoid asking for small items that can easily be taken care of after close. Also remember that the more items you give the seller the more upset they are going to be.

Remember that buying a new home can be a wonderful experience but finding out that what looks amazing on the outside has some issues on the inside can be hard fact to face. Better to face this up front before you actually move in and own the house.

Marc Bayes is a Broker Associate with the Colorado Dream House Team, Keller Williams Realty DTC. Contact Marc at 303-619-3052, marc@coloradodreamhouse.com, codreamhouse.com or coloradodreamhouse.com 

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