Home Inspections: Why Do I Need One?

Home Inspections

Buying a home is generally the most expensive purchase a family will make in their lifetime. And for many sellers, the selling of a home is critical before they can purchase another dwelling. On both sides, it is important for home buyers and sellers to have accurate information regarding the property. The best means to do this is with an accredited home inspection.

It’s Not Only the Law, but the Smart Thing to Do

Thirty states require a home inspection prior to the sale of a house but even in states where it is not required, a home inspection is vital part of the buying/selling process. Having your home inspected prior to putting it on the market will prevent you from having unexpected problems when a potential buyer has their own inspection done. A home inspection protects a buyer from being sold a home with problems which the seller is hiding or unaware of.

What to Ask and What to Look For

The purpose of a home inspection is to ensure the building is sound and doesn’t have any hidden damage. There are many things which can go wrong in a house and it pays to have a professional check for those potential problems. Because of the importance of the inspection, it is also smart to know what to ask of inspectors to ensure they are qualified for the job.

Home Inspections: Not Just for Buying or Selling a Home

Home inspections can also save money and time if you are planning a remodel. While many contractors will inspect your property before bidding, many have clauses in the contract which deal with any unforeseen issueswhich arise during the remodeling. For example, finding out you have dry-rot in your walls can rapidly cause your contractor’s fees to rise beyond the original estimates. Having your home inspected prior to any major work being performed prevents unexpected, unpleasant surprises.

Arm Yourself with Data!

Many municipalities have a wealth of data available through their county websites. It is often possible to call up crime statistics, weather patterns and historical problems (like floods) which can help a potential home buyer ask the right questions in a home inspection.

Home Inspections: Don’t Buy/Sell/Remodel Without One

When it comes to buying, selling a home, the smart person is the one who has a professional inspect the house. This one tip can save headaches and prevent a damaging punch to your pocketbook!  We have available the Cost vs Value reports from ReModeling Magazine.  Make sure you check out that information!

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, give us a call at (913) 312-3614 or send us an email to explore your options and to find out when is the best time for you to make a move.

If you, friends, relatives, or colleagues are considering buying or selling a home, condo, or land, please consider contacting Cindy for assistance in your search. Cindy coverage area includes: Overland Park, Leawood, Olathe, Stilwell, Prairie Village, Lenexa, Shawnee, Fairway, Mission, Roeland Park.  We also offer a complimentary referral service, called "Anywhere Agents," to assist folks who are looking to buy or sell outside our coverage area, including international locations. We will interview prospective agents in the area(s) you or a family member are considering to assure you get the most knowledgeable Real Estate Professional to assist in your home buying/selling needs.

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