How to Get the Most from Your Home Inspection
Whether a home inspection is something you consider a mandatory part of the home buying process, paying for a professional to inspect your home before you close on the deal is in your best interest. Not only will a home inspection provide you with more negotiating power, but it will also help you learn more about the home and make a more informed decision. Whether looking at investing in Washington DC real estate or a home in Boston, here is a look at a few ways you can get the most out of your home inspection.
Pick an Experienced Inspector
The first step toward getting the most out of your home inspection is to choose a qualified inspector with years of experience in the industry, and preferably someone who specializes in the neighborhood in which you’re buying. Ideally, your Boston real estate agent will be able to direct you toward a quality inspector. If not, you may have to do a bit of searching on your own. Of course, even if your agent recommends a particular inspector, you may want to do some of your own research as well. After all, you are getting ready to make a significant investment, so you want to be sure the person you hire is someone who can do the job right.
Participate in the Inspection
After you have hired a worthy inspector, you should take the necessary steps to clear your schedule so you can participate in the inspection process. By walking through the inspection process with the inspector, you can learn a great deal about the house you are considering buying. Even if there is nothing wrong with the house, combing through the home and finding all of its systems and other important areas can prove quite valuable to you as a homeowner. Of course, this will also give you the opportunity to talk one-on-one with the inspector about the home and any problems that he might have discovered. By asking questions and getting feedback directly from the inspector, you will be better prepared to make informed decisions about the home.
Negotiate a Better Deal
In addition to helping you learn more about the home you are thinking about buying, your home inspection will also provide you with more negotiating power. Even if the seller conducted a home inspection before listing their property for sale, armed with your inspector’s report, you may be able to negotiate a lower price on the home. Or, if the inspector discovers problems with the home, you can negotiate to have these items repaired before you close on the deal.
About The Author – Kevin Koitz is a Washington DC native and specializes in Northwest DC real estate as a real estate agent with the Koitz Group in Maryland.