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Thursday, December 15th, 2022 by Morgan Kenney
Buying a home can be overwhelming, especially after losing a second or third home in a bidding war. You might be getting ready to ignore red flags and just buy whatever you can get. But this is our request to please not do that.
You might think a home inspection is not as important the whole process. You might think that it's to ensure there’s no exposed wiring, check for plumbing leaks, get on the roof and jump around if that’s your thing - but many people overlook potential hazards in the basement or crawl space because they do not know what to look for.
Home inspections are important. Any house can look great to an untrained eye. A home could have skillfully applied spackle and a fresh coat of paint covering the signs of problems. Cracks and gaps in the walls can be signs of a sinking foundation. Crumbling mortar can point to water leaks in a block wall. It’s after you breach the surface that progress is made. A home inspector will catch a bowing wall when there’s a one-inch lean as opposed to six. They see signs of water problems even when the basement is dry. They can assess the current state and potential issues the home might face down the road.
Hopefully, we have convinced you that a home inspection is not a waste of time because you owe it to yourself and your family to know exactly what you’re getting into - or avoiding. If you have made an offer on a home and are within your 10-day inspection window, we will make it a priority to perform an inspection and provide a free, written estimate.
While the process is overwhelming, don’t make it harder by buying one with problems you didn’t learn about until all the paperwork is completed. Take time to get an inspection, and we will make sure your (future) home is covered!
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