Look Out…for These Home Inspection Red Flags

  • Taya DiCarlo
  • 11/5/21

Are you going to be buying a home soon?

If you answered yes, you might want to keep reading. Here are some things you need to be looking out for when you do a home inspection.

Number one, look out for the major systems. What does that mean? This is your electrical, plumbing, furnace, all the health and safety, essentials you need to live safely in a home. These are the things you need to check out.

When you get a general home inspection, the general home inspector is going to look under the hood and they are also going to suggest you bring on an electrician, an HVAC person, etc. Why? Because as a general inspector, they’re not licensed to bid on that work. Have your realtor bring on licensed professionals in there to see that this work is done well and that it is done safely and properly. Because guess what? If you close on a home and you don't do your proper inspections in advance, then you're inheriting any and all problems that come along with the property. During a home inspection is when you have the option to either negotiate a credit, negotiate repair, or walk away without losing your deposit.

Don't just get a general inspection and think that you're done get a whole slew of inspection. Make sure that you get the full inspections on the property, so you know exactly what you're buying.

And I know there are people out there who are waving their home inspection. Please don't do that. It's so risky unless you're an all-cash buyer with lots of money to burn and you don't care what you're getting, and you're going to do a whole home renovation anyway. But if you're like the rest of us who finance things and don't have a gazillion dollars to spend on repairs, then you want to know what you're buying before you close.

If you have any questions or you want to start a conversation, let’s connect.

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