A Home Inspection can be a pocket book saver.

A Home Inspection can be a pocket book saver.

Saving money when you buy a home is not just about the purchase price. It can be about the condition of the home. Today most sellers, do some sort of improvement prior to listing their home. When they do the improvement it is either because their Real Estate Professional indicated that it would need to be updated before listing or because it's current condition will significantly reduce the price; or because the home owner knows it is time for this maintenance feature to be completed. Either way... Sometimes the seller doesn't even know what could be wrong with their homes due to deferred maintenance.

There really are no procedure manuals on how to take care of your home after you purchase it. It has been handed down from generation to generation and in some cases not at all. I know when I built my house in 2004 - I was surprised by the recommended maintenance list and how long it was. However it was quickly forgotten other than to change the furnace filter and check the batteries in the smoke detectors. Did you know there is more? Or so much more... Things you do in the Spring and things you do in the Fall and definitely things you do in the summer. So the only way to know what condition the house is in, is to hire someone who has the knowledge and know how and can review what condition each part of the home is in. So you can make a decision on acceptable condition or not.

All houses that were built over 1 year ago all will have something that will need to be addressed... That is normal... Yes normal. So how does a home inspection save you money. Here is how.. Would you buy a house that had a broken roof truss (this is the support mechanism of roof)? Maybe if you... knew how to fix it or how much it costs to repair it. What about a foundation crack, when is that a big fix or a small fix. Big expenses can be deal breakers and the sellers 9 times out of 10 don't know about it either.

Choose a Professional Home Inspector by verifying they are NACHI certified and checking their references.  If your Real Estate Professional is providing you a list of home inspectors, asked how many of their clients where satisfied with each inspector.

Author:  Christine Rocheford

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