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5 Key Reasons to Have a Home Inspection Before You Buy


By: Ernesto Olivarri Jr.


AVES Home Inspection PLLC is located in Northwest Houston and services Houston and the surrounding area. Along with the basics, included in every home inspection are thermal imaging technology, foundation elevation plot, wood destroying organism inspection and InterNachi's Buy Your Home Back Guarantee. These additional services exceed TREC's minimum home inspection requirements and display AVES commitment to providing a thorough and quality inspection. Why is it important to have a home inspection?


Don’t Judge a Home by Its Facade

Especially for those buying newer construction, a home inspection may feel like a waste of money. No matter the age of the home, there can be costly troubles unknown to the average buyer. Problems with wiring, plumbing or structural issues may not be visible during a showing and you’ll want to get an expert opinion. Even before you get to the interior, you can do your own preliminary inspection. Simply walk around the home’s exterior and look for these four potential problems.


Save Money

Home inspection costs vary but a good rule of thumb would be to expect to pay from $300 to $500 depending on size and age of the home. That’s a good sum, but perhaps think of it this way: Those who skip out on the expense may realize in a few years that an inspection is much cheaper than rewiring the entire house.


Negotiate

One of the advantages of having a home inspection performed before you buy is the power it might give you to negotiate a lower price. If a home you’re really interested in is on the edge of your price range, information gathered during the home inspection may give you the bargaining power to talk down the price. You can also insert language into a purchase contract that allows you to back out of an agreement if the inspection turns up problems.


Seller’s Repairs

Not only are you able to negotiate a lower price, many buyers include clauses in their contract requiring the seller to make the repairs necessary before any money is exchanged. If the seller is unwilling to complete the repairs, estimate the cost and ask them to take that amount off the total. Solid facts about the quality and condition of the home can give you valuable bargaining power.

Remember that a seller’s repairs are not eligible to be included in seller concessions. VA guidelines allow the value of seller concessions to equal up to 4 percent of the selling price, but that 4 percent comes is in addition to any negotiated repairs.


Know What You’re Buying

In the end the most important reason to have a home inspection before you buy is to really know what you’re buying. Research your potential home like you would any other major purchase. The more you know, the fewer surprises there will be down the road. Home inspectors can help you make a decision based on your current budget as well as your future time and money investment.


Works Cited: Samantha Reeves, A. Dec. 20, 2017. 5 Key Reasons to Have a Home Inspection Before You Buy. Retrieved from https://www.veteransunited.com/futurehomeowners/5-key-reasons-to-have-a-home-inspection-before-you-buy/

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