Key Rose Inspections
Ali Quiroz, Professional Real Estate Inspector
License Number: TREC License #23448
Don't Judge a Home by Its Facade -
Especially for those buying newer construction, a home inspection may feel like a waste of money. No matter the age of the home, there can be costly troubles unknown to the average buyer. Problems with wiring, plumbing or structural issues may not be visible during a showing and you will want to get an expert opinion.
Save Money -
Home inspection costs and expertise vary but perhaps think of it this way: Those who skip out on the expense may realize in a few years that an inspection is much cheaper than the repairs caused by an event that could have been identified earlier. Remember, the longer problem goes unnoticed, the costlier the repair.
One of the advantages of having a home inspection performed before you buy is the power it might give you to negotiate a lower price. If a home is on the edge of your price range, the inspection report may give you the bargaining power to talk down the price or back out of an agreement if the inspection turns up problems.
Seller Repairs -
Not only are you able to negotiate a lower price, many buyers include clauses in their contract requiring the seller to make the repairs necessary before any money is exchanged. If the seller is unwilling to complete the repairs, estimate the cost and ask them to take that amount off the total. Solid facts about the quality and condition of the home can give you valuable bargaining power.
Know what you are buying -
In the end the most important reason to have a home inspection before you buy is to really know what you're buying. Research your potential home like you would any other major purchase. The more you know, the fewer surprises there will be down the road. Home inspectors can help educate you on the condition of the home that can assist in making a decision based on your current budget as well as your future time and money investment.