I’m stoked to have my friend Sam George, a pro Realtor here in Louisville to weigh in on the inspection process, and what buyers should be doing. She’s dishing up some sage words so get that note pad handy.
Ahh, the home inspection. It’s a significant part of the home buying process that often isn’t given the emphasis it deserves.
A quality home inspection offers you further knowledge about the property you are buying. Like with anything else, knowledge is power in the real estate world. It gives you the power to make informed decisions whether it be proceeding with the purchase, requesting repairs or even walking away from the deal.
Imagine foregoing a home inspection, or simply choosing the cheapest inspector on the block. You move in your new home, and quickly determine things are not as they seemed. Maybe there are issues in the crawl space or attic, and these areas were not examined thoroughly before your purchase. Where does that leave you when these issues arise? Up a creek without a paddle, that’s where. The upfront cost of a home inspection can help save you tons of time, money, and headaches in the future.
But wait… You don’t just need a home inspection, you need a quality home inspection. Ben offers just that – superb quality. When choosing your home inspector, ask the tough questions. Request a sample report and talk with each inspector in detail about what an inspection entails. Do they physically walk the roof? Crawl in crawl spaces? (see what I did there…clever I tell you) What kind of tools and technology do they use? Cost should not be your determining factor when selecting an inspector, because we all know you get what you pay for.
Be sure to talk with your realtor about your inspection time frame prior to writing your offer. Ideally, you will have 10-15 days to conduct inspections. This amount of time will allow you flexibility for scheduling, but also extra time to dig deeper into any issues that are uncovered.
Remember, a quality home inspection is for your protection. It shouldn’t be taken lightly.
If you need a great Realtor in Louisville, I highly recommend you give Sam a call. She is at the tippy-top of the realtor pile.