When buying a home, a home inspection is one of the most important parts of the process. Not only can a home inspection reveal defects that cannot be seen with an untrained eye, but it will also teach you a lot about home ownership. Plan to attend your home inspection, even if that means you have to take time off work. It’s worth it. Here’s what to expect during a home inspection.
The Typical Home Inspection
The home inspector will spend a few hours crawling through the house, making notes and taking pictures. Some home inspectors like to point out defects while they work and others like to wait until the end of the inspection and go over all of their findings at once. Either way, the home inspector will point out everything he sees and tell you whether its an issue that should be repaired immediately, if its something you simply need to watch or somewhere in between. Being there during the inspection gives you the opportunity to ask questions and fully understand each defect.
Home Ownership 101
Another very valuable aspect of a home inspection is the crash course on home ownership. A good inspector will tell you what should be regularly monitored and things you can do to extend the life of your home’s components and systems. For someone who is new to home ownership, this knowledge is invaluable.
Detailed Written Report
The home inspector will also prepare a detailed report with pictures, diagrams and explanations so you don’t need to remember everything they told you. However, if you’re one who likes to take notes, there is nothing wrong with taking your own notes during the inspection.
Professional Inspections Can Save You Thousands
A home inspection by a professional home inspector could potentially save you thousands. The home inspector has a trained eye and can see many problems the untrained eye cannot. This way, you’ll know what you’re buying and can plan for the repairs you’d have to make.
Need a Home Inspection?
We know a few very good home inspectors and can help recommend one that can help you buy a home right. These inspectors have done a great job for our clients and are very reasonably priced. Email us at info@AustinRealEstateHomesBlog.com for our home inspectors list.
Looking to Buy a Home in Austin?
We’ve helped several clients buy homes right. We’ll point out potential resale problems, negotiate hard on your behalf and never “hard sell” you a home. Simply help you gather the information you need to make your biggest investment. Visit our Austin Home Buyer Representation page to learn a little more about who we are and how we work. Then, call us at (512) 827-8323 or email us at info@AustinRealEstateHomesBlog.com to schedule a no obligation consultation.