HOMEBUYER TIPS & TRICKS 🏡
You’re spending hard earned money on a down payment and a future of mortgage payments. Learning how to protect that large obligation is an over-looked aspect of the home buying process.
Check out the INFORMATIONAL VIDEOS, below! ⬇️
Why Should I Get a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is an UNBIASED, non-intrusive, VISUAL inspection of the home.
Gives the buyer more detailed information about the overall condition of the home prior to purchasing.
It’s used to make sure everything is working properly and it can be useful to spot things that might eventually become a problem. A home inspector looks at a number of different items and gives a professional opinion on the status of the building.
You’re spending hard earned money on a down payment and a future of mortgage payments.
Learning how to protect that large obligation is an overlooked aspect of the home buying process.
A home inspection is a smart way to ensure you’re aware of the potential problems that could arise.
Top 3 Mistakes Made by Homebuyers
Not Attending the Home Inspection, Not Asking Questions, & Going Cheap
Do your research! It's your responsibility to be an informed buyer.
YOU have the right to carefully examine your potential new home with a qualified inspector.
Ask for references from friends, realtors, local licensing authorities and organizations that qualify and test home inspectors.
Google is your friend! It's important to find someone that you can trust.
How Much? 💰
The cost of a home inspection varies per home inspector. They can range anywhere between $350 - $700+.
Pricing can vary greatly depending on services your home inspector is able to provide beyond the "basic" home inspection. (Add-on services like Termite Inspections, Sewer Scopings, Well, Septic, Water Analysis and Thermal Imaging can significantly change the pricing of the overall inspection.)
You get what you pay for... Do your research and make sure you find an inspector who you can trust!
Here are my TOP 2 recommended add on services.
SEWER INSPECTIONS aka "SEWER SCOPINGS"
One of the most inconvenient and costly repairs a homeowner can face is the failure of the main drain line connecting the home drain lines to the public sewer. These repairs can easily run in the thousands of dollars. Unfortunately, the main drain is underground and not visible, thus outside the scope of a standard home inspection.
While no home is immune to damage to the main line, it is most often seen in homes that are over 5 years old or have trees in the area of the main line.
Having said that, it is also important to consider a sewer scoping for a NEW HOME! As heavy machinery going over un-compacted soil can damage and shift buried drain lines during construction. Unfortunately, I have also ran into multiple instances where grout and concrete were found in the main drain line, causing a MAJOR SEWER BACKUP. 🤢
Things commonly found during a sewer scoping are: Early signs of a CLOG, CRACKS in the drain lines which can lead to LEAKS, and TREE ROOTS that have penetrated the line.
TERMITE INSPECTIONS 🐜
The main reason termite inspections are important is due to the fact that a termite infestation can quickly cause a homeowner owner thousands of dollars in repairs. Think about it. A subterranean termite colony can eat about 15 pounds of wood in a week!! If this happens to be an important system like support beams or joists that hold your home together, you could be out of a home until the problem is fixed. In addition to wood, termites also tend to be attracted to and can damage plastic, plants, plaster, siding, and insulation.
Common Defects Found During an Inspection
Moderate cracking along the corners of windows, doors, and ceilings are common. Even in new homes! (Usually not a concern unless there is a substantial amount of cracking in one or more areas.)
Sealant deteriorating along windows, doors, gaps, walls, roof coverings, is a common defect that can easily lead to major issues, if left untreated.
(Sealant is a major component of the home that should be maintained regularly in order to prevent moisture damage/intrusion.)
Ungrounded receptacles/outlets are one of the most common defects you will find in homes over 20 years old. Depending on your system, outlets are usually easy to update and can be fixed by a licensed electrician.
Leaks under sinks, at the "P-Trap" are commonly found during inspections. During the inspection, the inspector will run water for more than 5 minutes at every sink/faucet. If a leak is found and not properly remedied it can severely damage the cabinet and flooring of the home, with time.