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A Home Inspection Can Save You Big Money

By Kevin Forcey

If you are buying a new house it can be easy to think that you don’t have to worry about getting a home inspection. How much could go wrong in a house that is only a few months old, or even a few years? Sadly the answer is a lot, just because someone builds houses it doesn’t mean they do it well.

You have to remember that not everyone is an ethical person. What this means is that some home sellers will go to great lengths to hide any previous defects that happened with the home. For instance, they may go back and repaint all of the ceilings after there is a major leak in the roof. The buyer, without an inspection, will have absolutely no way of knowing that there was a previous roof leak.

Buying a house is expensive, but the home inspection is not the thing to do without in the hope of saving a few hundred dollars. A new roof will cost you somewhere in the region of $15,000 so it is worth spending a few hundred to check that you won’t be needing a new one any time soon. No matter how nice the home owner appears it is not good enough to just trust that they will even know about any problems their house has never mind telling you about them.

Home inspections can be an important part of the house buying process, Your agent should make sure that any offers are based on the results of the home inspection, you do not want to be locked into a purchase if the home inspection finds any problems that need addressing. Do not be shy about asking the home seller to fix any problems that are found in the home inspection, you don’t want to have to fix a plumbing issue the first weekend you are in your new home.

Remember the home inspector is working for you so if you are nervous about something, whether it is the tree that seems to lean into the house or the funny noise coming from the lights, make sure to ask him while he is there. It is a wise idea to make a list of questions before he comes to inspect the house, so nothing is forgotten. Once he is gone then it is too late to ask him to take a look at something.

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