The Value of Home Inspections

You’ve finally done it; your offer on your dream home has been accepted. Congrats! So, what’s the next step? You’re so close to finally owning your new home, and that’s why you hired a local REALTOR®. Your REALTOR® will walk you through the entire home buying process from beginning to end. At this point, you’ll want to start looking for the right home inspector to evaluate your new home.

In the KVUE video shown above, Chairman of the Austin Board of REALTORS® Cathy Coneway explains the importance of home inspections, especially from the buyer’s side.

“For buyers, this is the biggest investment that they’re ever going to make,” Coneway says. “So, they want insurance that they’re making a good investment with their money.”

The home inspection identifies minor and major repairs and provides assurance and confidence that the property you’re purchasing is properly built and functioning. After all, this is the biggest investment that you’re ever going to make, so the extra time and money spent on an inspection is worth it in the long run.

According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, a home inspection is “a documented, professional opinion of a home based on a visual evaluation and operational testing of the home’s systems and components to determine their current condition.” An inspection will cover the foundation, walls, roof, plumbing, electrical wiring, air conditioning, ventilation, and many more important parts of the home.

In some cases, the seller might have already hired an inspector to find problems with the property. Even if this is the case, it’s in your best interest to hire your own inspector to view the property. You need to be sure that there are no hidden secrets that you’ll find once you’re moved in.

There are a variety of home inspectors out there, so talk to your REALTOR® about finding the right one for your home. Most REALTORS® have at least one inspector that they have used before, and can recommend a reliable one for you.

Inspections are just one of the many important steps that you need to take when purchasing a new home. To assure that you’re getting the best possible deal in an investment as important as a home, work with a Central Texas REALTOR® today.

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