Guest blog by Steve Bennett of Redbud Property Inspections in Oklahoma City
Buying a new home is a huge financial decision, whether it is your first home or your fifteenth. Each investment is unique with its own history, charm, and maintenance concerns. While not every home is perfect, some homes can appear beautiful on the surface while hiding dangerous problems just waiting to break on a new homeowner.
A home inspector is your best friend during the home buying process. Even if you find a great deal on a house in your ideal neighborhood, you should hire a home inspector to take a second look.
Here are our top 3 home inspection tips for buying a house:
- Don’t Skip the Home Inspection
If you think skipping the home inspection is going to save you money, keep reading. A home inspection can actually save you money.
- You’ll know exactly what you’re buying and if you should expect any major expenses, such as getting a new roof or a roof rebuild within a few years.
- You also have the opportunity to walk away from a deal if a serious issue is found, like a cracked foundation or extreme levels of mold.
- If you do close on a home with more serious flaws, you can use the findings in the home inspection report to negotiate a lower cost.
- You avoid the potential expenses of buying a home that has numerous structural flaws.
On top of all that, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that you’ve made a good investment.
2. Ask Questions
Your home inspector is there to help you make sure you’re purchasing a high-quality home that’s free of major problems, so ask any questions that you have! A good home inspector will be happy to answer any and all of your questions.
Here are a few questions to ask your home inspector:
- How long will the heat/air equipment last?
- What kind of maintenance will this home need?
- What are the major red-flag concerns?
Focus on the most critical aspects of the home that could be expensive to repair or replace like the electrical, plumbing, or underlying structure.
Listen to your home inspector and try to avoid focusing on minor cosmetic issues. The inspector is there to give you a professional opinion on what problems raise a red flag.
3. Avoid Buying a Money Pit
You’re already taking the first step! Hiring a qualified home inspector is the best way to ensure that you are purchasing a quality home. If you really want to be sure, you may want to consider investing in some more specialized services, such as sewer pipe examinations and termite inspections.
One of the major purposes of having a home inspection is to realize whether or not the house you’re looking to buy is a good investment. This depends on the condition of its components and the likelihood of needing to repair or replace them in the near future. It’s important to pay extra attention to the components that will be the most expensive to fix.
Here’s a short list of some of the most critical things to inspect for:
- Foundation damage
- HVAC that needs to be repaired or replaced
- Roof problems
- Sewer/septic issues
- Lead paint
Note that a standard home inspection may not include inspecting the items above. Many home inspectors charge additional fees for termite, mold, asbestos, or lead paint testing.
Having a home inspection is crucial to a buyer’s decision-making process because it gives you a clear picture of the condition of your potential investment. Working with the right inspector can help you better understand the state of the home and how much you can expect to spend on upkeep and repairs. For more information about home inspections or to schedule one in Oklahoma City, contact Redbud Property Inspections today!