Buying a home is one of the most important decisions anyone can make. That is why many prospective buyers have learned how important having a home inspection done is. While your dream house may look perfect from the outside, there may be hidden problems that are not noticeable to many homebuyers. A home inspection done by a certified inspector will help you identify these problems and help you decide if they are too big to be fixed or if there is something structurally wrong that may be hazardous down the road.
Many states require that purchase contract contain a clause that allows the buyer the right to have the home inspected prior to purchase. It is important that all prospective buyers take advantage of this clause; it was included for your protection and should be utilized. It is important, however, to be aware of the time limit that is allowed for having an inspection done. If you schedule your inspection after the date in the contract, you may not receive a refund of your down payment if a problem is found. Always read the contract thoroughly and beware of any dates and limitations that may cause you to lose out on a refund if a problem is found.
Once you have found a home that you are interested in, you will want to find a certified home inspector to inspect the home. If you are unsure of where to find an inspector, your realtor may know of some that they have worked with in the past. Having found an inspector and set a date for inspection you and your realtor will meet the inspector at the home. This allows you to see and hear firsthand any problems that have been found. In most cases the inspector will walk you through the house and point out any problems that they have found. If the inspector finds that the house is in good condition without any major problems, you can then proceed with your purchase. If the inspector finds any problems, you will want to take them into consideration and decide if you want to go through with the purchase.
The inspection process was designed to prevent prospective buyers from buying homes that are not safe or that will require a lot of time and money to repair. It is highly recommended that every prospective buyer take advantage of having a home inspection done, after all, a few hundred dollars spent may save you thousands in the long run. It is worth the time and money to insure that the home you are buying is worth what you are being asked to pay. Think of it as a way to prevent headaches and heartache once the closing papers have been signed and you have already moved in only to discover that your home is infested with termites that would have been discovered had you only had an inspection done.