Top 4 reasons why a home inspection is vital

Provided by The Platinum Group, Realtors

A home is typically the most significant big-ticket purchase we ever make, and it requires a surplus of additional costs and fees before you even get to the closing table.    The cost of a home inspection is an irrefutable necessity in discerning the overall condition of the house and avoiding a bigger problem from serious and costly repairs.

A typical inspection goes from the roof to the foundation, checking every major house system (plumbing, electrical, heating, septic, structural), in between. Keep in mind that just because something’s new doesn’t mean it’s perfect, so don’t skip the inspection on new construction either.

  1. Appearances can be deceiving
    Often a home appears move in ready, but an inspection will uncover the state of things like electrical wiring, plumbing, roofing, insulation, and structural features. No matter how old the home is, there can be unseen issues buyers should be aware of before the purchase is complete.
  2. Save Money

Home inspections might seem expensive, but they’re really more economical than finding out down the road that your entire home needs rewiring, new plumbing or structural repairs.

  1. Negotiating
    Obtaining a home inspection before you buy can give you power to negotiate a lower price if repairs are necessary. It’s also an opportunity to include language in the purchase contract allowing you to back out of an agreement if the inspection finds any deal breakers. Buyers also have the option to stipulate that the seller take care of necessary repairs before closing.
  2. Peace of Mind
    Fewer surprises helps put the buyer’s mind at ease. A home inspection can reveal the home is in good shape or it can give the seller an opportunity to correct the issues before any money is exchanged. Buyers can make a more informed decision and feel confident their budget will stay in tact.

After evaluating the home inspector’s findings, you can choose to handle minor fixes yourself. For other situations, it’s a good idea to consult with your Realtor and ask the seller to pay for repairs or give you a credit at closing.

As the number one independent real estate firm in Colorado Springs, The Platinum Group, Realtors work with thorough and qualified home inspectors and make sure their clients have access to top professionals. In addition, while it’s tempting to demand the sellers turn over a home that is as perfect as possible, it may not be realistic.  The team at Platinum Group has the knowledge, experience and understanding to help buyers negotiate the best outcome for each situation.

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