AFY Kim Blue - Home Buyers Guide V1 - 3020

CHAPTER 7 What to Know About Home Inspections

The house hunt is over, and you decide to start the closing process on your soon-to-be home. You have visited the house and seen it at its best — beautifully polished, shiny, and welcoming. What if this is just part of the picture and something is hidden underneath its glossy surface? Issues here may vary from termites and mold to leaking pipes or cracked support walls. This is why, before closing a deal on your highly anticipated new property, you need to order a home inspection to be conducted. It will help to evaluate the house’s condition and let you sleep safely at night before and after the purchase.

WHY DO YOU NEED A HOME INSPECTION?

Some buyers tend to skip this step, especially if the market is hot and you’re competing with several other buyers. Home inspections cost money and take time; however, if there are serious issues found, more time and money is saved after the deal is closed. You need a house inspection to know what exactly you’re buying and what to expect from your property in the future. During this process, specialists will examine the house to determine its condition and the viability of all the house systems. Don’t’ confuse the house inspection with house appraisal. The inspection will clarify the current state of the house, not what it’s actually worth. After the inspections, you’ll receive a report on the state of the house and containing suggestions on future maintenance or repair 55

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