Buying a home is a big investment. If you are like most people, you are putting most if not all of your savings into the home as a downpayment. In addition, you are agreeing to pay a large part of your income every month for the next 20 to 30 years.
That is not a decision to be taken lightly.
A home is a very complex group of systems and each system has a function to perform. The air conditioning system heats and cools the home to make it comfortable. The plumbing system provides water when we need it and gets rid of it when we are finished. The structure of the home holds everything together.
When these systems work together and all do their job, we can relax and enjoy life. When they don't, life is not so good. But how do you know if one of them is about to fail?
Truth is, most of us do not. You may be an expert in your own field but you need someone who has the experience and training to properly examine these various systems and be able to look for the signs that they are going to cause problems.
So, What Do You Do?
The last thing you want is to move into your dream home and suddenly find that your air conditioning system needs to be replaced at a cost of $3000 to $5000 or come home to find the home burned down due to faulty wiring.
Of course these are the extremes and hopefully it will not be that major but even a small problem can cost a lot to repair. Wouldn't it be better to find that out while you can negotiate a better deal or have the seller make the repairs?
The best choice is to have someone who is trained and has the experience to let you know the actual condition of the home so you know what to expect. Even if you are not able to negotiate a lower price, it would be nice to know what you are getting into before it is too late.
A Home Inspector will take an objective look at the home and help you understand the condition of the various systems. His job is to educate you on how the systems work and what you can expect from each. Is the air conditioner performing as it should, is the water heater going to need to be replaced soon? These are the kind of things he can help you with.
A Home Inspector can be objective because he is not looking at his dream home and he is not worrying about the cost. The inspector does not stand to lose anything if the sale does not go through. He is only interested in making sure you have all the information you need to make a good decision. He has experience to know what is likely to cause you problems and, even more importantly, what is not. He is also working for you (not the seller or realtor who have an interest in seeing the deal closed). He is going to have your interests in mind when he looks through the home.
21,000 PEOPLE DIE FROM RADON EACH YEAR!
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What your home inspector doesn't know can hurt your pocketbook!
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