Wouldn't it be nice to find out the property's real story before buying it?
Purchasing any property is a major investment and most likely one of the biggest investments you will make in your life time. To protect your investment and you, a real estate agent such as myself would always suggest to have a property inspection done during your condition period of an offer. With a property inspection, you'll allow a property inspector to go through the property with you, learning what is in acceptable condition and if there are any major or minor defects that they can see. Whether you are purchasing a single-family home, condominium, duplex, apartment, complex, or office space, the inspector will evaluate and document the condition of the property. Allowing you the piece of mind, knowing what condition the property is in and also giving you the opportunity to either; walkaway, renegotiate, or accept the already existing Offer to Purchase on the property of interest.
Property Inspectors are trained to find any visible defects of the property, allowing you to know more about the property prior to waiving conditions and progressing to a firm sale on it. They will inspect things, such as;
Outdoor Components - roof, flashing, chimney, siding, gutters, downspouts, foundation and driveways.
Structural Components - rafters, ceiling joists, attic and crawlspace.
Electrical System - wiring, outlets and service panels.
Plumbing - sinks, toilets, bathtubs, showers, washers, and dishwashers.
And much more!
After the property inspection is complete, you would walk through the property with you property inspector identifying all of the defects of the property. This can be anything that doesn't currently meet code regulations and/or is in simply need of repair. The property inspector doesn't stop there however, they will then provide you with their PDF of the report, to allow you to read it over, find any defects that doesn't sit right with you and enter into a discussion with not only you and your real estate agent, but also the sellers real estate agent and seller. The report is comprehensive and with typically over 300 items included in it, to give you a complete and accurate account of the property (to what the inspector can see). These reports are widely accepted because of the detail, yet easy to read nature.
In my own experience, I have seen property inspectors find numerous things that could have caused a headache to my clients if it wasn't caught prior to removing conditions. Things such as plumbing leaks, electrical issues, a mouse infestation, grading and seepage issues, foundation cracks and so much more. All of these items can be easily fixed to prevent further damage but without hiring an inspector to come through the property, they may have never been caught.
At the end of the day, when you're looking for a property in terms of living, you're looking for a property to make your home. If you're like myself, you'd rather know everything there is to know about your home and not be blind-sided by something in the future. Even if that wouldn't bother you, to protect your home and investment, I would always recommend a property inspection.
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