Home Inspection Tips For First Time Buyers
If you’re a first-time home buyer, you may not know what to expect from the process of a home inspection. So, in this article, we’ll break down our top tips for first-time buyers, and help you learn what you should expect from the process. Let’s get into it.
Find The Right Inspector
First, you should try to find a reputable, affordable home inspector in your area. You can ask around for recommendations from family and friends, and your real estate agent should also have a list of local inspectors in your area. Do a little bit of research and read some online reviews, and schedule interviews with inspectors who you’re interested in working with. You’re sure to find a reputable, experienced inspector near you, such as Key Inspection Services.
Consider “Extras” You May Need
While interviewing a home inspector, you may also want to consider which other “extra” inspection services you’re interested in. There are some tests that are not included with a standard home inspection, such as:
- Mold testing
- Radon testing
- Sewer scope inspections
- Asbestos testing
- Lead testing
These will cost you an additional fee, but may be worth the investment if you’re buying an older home, and would like to make sure that you check for any potential issues pre-purchase.
Follow Along During The Inspection And Ask Questions
Typically, the home inspector will allow you to accompany them during the process of a home inspection. You should let them focus on their jobs, but typically you’re also welcome to ask them any questions that you may have throughout the process.
Once they’ve finished the inspection, they’ll also be able to provide you with a comprehensive overview of the home’s condition, inform you about any potential issues, and answer any final questions you have. You’ll get an initial checklist regarding the condition of the home, and a full report will be sent to you once it has been written up by the inspector.
Don’t Even Think About Skipping A Home Inspection
We understand that purchasing a home for the first time can be a costly endeavor. Closing costs, the cost of moving your stuff, hiring a real estate agent – it adds up. But don’t even think about trying to avoid the cost of a home inspection.
Sure, a home inspector will cost you a few hundred bucks, in most cases. But a home inspection could potentially save you thousands – or even tens of thousands – of dollars in the long run, by identifying serious issues like faulty electrical wiring, plumbing leaks, roofing issues, and more.
A home inspector gives you peace of mind, and also helps you negotiate a better rate on the home you’d like to buy, should any issues be noted throughout the inspection process. Sure, we’re a little biased – but we’d say that’s well worth the investment!
Contact Us Today For Home Inspection Services
Key Inspection Services has been in business for more than 15 years, and we’ve served more than 10,000 customers in the Seattle area. So contact us for more information and to learn more about what we do, or schedule your appointment today! We’re always glad to hear from first time buyers.