Guest Blog #129, Entry #596, July 23, 2011
Happy DIY Saturday! Are you in the process of buying a home and considering if you should get a home inspection? Today’s DIY is for you. Many homebuyers put off a home inspection due to cost and then learn months or years down the road that they could have avoided costly repairs that would have revealed themselves in the home inspection.
Today, see a You Tube video – Home Inspection Defects, that reveals builder substandard construction work and my Guest Blogger gives tips on hiring a home inspector.
You Tube Video – Home Inspection Defects
Guest Blog – Why you need to hire a prepurchase home inspector
Are you serious about buying a home? Are you determinedly searching to purchase the best home in your price range on the market, not just looking around to see if you can stumble on your dream home at a bargain price? If so you have probably already made sure you can get financing. Whether you are getting a mortgage or paying out of your own funds, you want to make sure there are no hidden costs after you purchase the home. The last thing you want is to discover after you close on your home that your beautiful new place is a money pit.
Before you buy your new home, you need to have it inspected. A home inspector is trained to look for signs of potential problems. A fresh coat of paint can cover a multitude of sins, but a tiny crack, a blister of paint, a little spot that the average person would miss could be a signal, to an experienced home inspector, of damage that could cost tens of thousands of dollars to fix. The people selling the home may not even realize there is a problem with the house. The money spent on a home inspection is very small compared to the amount you could end up spending later.
If you know you are going to buy a home and you know you need to have it inspected, you should make arrangements now to do so by prepurchasing a home inspection. You will likely spend many hours searching for the perfect place. Once you’ve fallen in love with a house and made an offer, time will be of the essence. You will be anxious to move into your new place as soon as possible. By prepurchasing your home inspection, you will know how much it will cost, and you won’t be caught short of cash. You certainly don’t want to decide in the heat of the moment to skip this crucial step, and if you have to borrow the money you could put financing for the entire house at risk.
Your home is probably the largest purchase you will ever make, and by prepurchasing a home inspection now you will make sure the money you invest in it is not wasted. Once you find the perfect place you will be all set to enjoy the peace of mind a positive home inspection brings, or possibly even find relief in walking away from a home that looks good on the surface but has hidden problems that your home inspector reveals. Either way you will find the price of a prepurchased home inspection will be money well spent.
Now that you understand the importance of building inspections, it is very important that you choose a quality inspector to do the job. Check into the qualifications of the inspector and ask for an example of their building reports. BSP Consultants offer customized building inspections that report on what you want to know. All building reports are done in accordance with the current Australian Building Codes and Standards, and are carried out by a Registered Builder or Structural Engineer. Contact BSP Consultants to arrange a pre-purchase building inspection.
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