A home inspection may be one of the best tools available to first time buyers. It provides you with more than just the okay to purchase the house. In fact, all owners of the property should be present for this walk through. It will not only provide you with information about the condition of the property, but also give you valuable advice about owning and maintaining it. Chances are good you do not know the previous owner, nor what the property has gone through during its lifetime. This type of walk through gives you that information.
With retaining walls there should be no bulges or loose areas. An exuberant rain can result in a mud slide. Examine weep holes, if any exist, to secure they are clear.
Before purchasing a home, you have to know if the home needs major repairs or not. In knowing this, at least you can decide if you want to buy the home or not. If ever you want the home, knowing that there are some that needs to be repaired, you can plan for it and allocate budget for it.
Not every house is the same and all home inspections done before purchase should be approached with that frame of mind. Look at each home on its own merit and figure out if a mold inspection is warranted or not. Everyone does not automatically require a mold inspection before buying a new home. If any has been found or if there are valid reasons to have a test performed for growths then you should do so. This is the case whether you are thinking about buying a new home or whether it is your current residence that you feel may have developed a problem.
Get a home inspector. These inspections are normally ordered by the buyer, but you will be far ahead by knowing what a inspector is going to find for the buyer. Small things that would normally be in a inspection report can be taken care of by you, giving the buyer nothing to negotiate your price down with. It also impresses the buyer that you have taken good care of the home.
Spend extra time with your pets, it’s confusing to them to have all the noise and commotion. It’s also annoying to some dogs to have strangers in their home when they have chased them away each day.
Clean, clean, clean. Make sure your house is always clean and pleasing to the buyer. Remember that they are most likely going to be looking in closets, opening the oven door and peeking in showers. You want to show your house in the best possible light.
That’s really all there is to it. The big thing we noticed about buying a foreclosure was that there was virtually no human contact involved. The Realtor acted as middle man and did all the communication with the bank. If I can suggest anything, it’s that you get a good Realtor. Our guy made the whole process reasonably painless!