When looking at homes for sale, many home buyers don’t even think of arranging a follow-up appointment after their initial viewing. Oftentimes, they are content with what they see on their visit, failing to realize that what they see is not what they may get. The house is supposed to look good to prospective buyers. Sellers therefore dress it up, mostly cosmetically, for the first visit by a potential buyer.
Once you attain a shortlist of candidates in your search for a home, don’t neglect to set up an inspection appointment. Once you do, employ some of the following tips during said inspection.
Hire a Certified Inspector
Your exclusive buyer’s agent at Buyer’s Choice Realty can help you find a certified inspector for hire to do the job. It’s important that you find someone who is officially licensed. Only then can you know what needs to be examined during the inspection.
A professional inspector’s experience and know-how can detect the most obscure signals of structural problems. From cracks beneath walls and potential mold growth to an unstable foundation and poorly installed insulation, among other pitfalls, these inspectors possess an acuity for identifying problems. They can also assess whether the problems can be rectified easily or pose a huge expense in the near future.
Attend the Inspection
The best way to know about the outcome of the inspection is to be there during it. Inspectors say that many home buyers choose not to attend the inspection, relying only on the inspector’s report. Inspectors say this is a mistake for buyers.
Your attendance at an inspection lends you a firsthand view of the flaws, allowing for a more visual assessment of what needs to be done. You therefore gain a better sense of urgency when such is required. Furthermore, you collect the good news or bad news immediately, which can help you to promptly determine whether to spend anymore time pursuing the house. You gain a better sense of the home’s real value, which aids in any further negotiation.
Weigh the Pros and Cons
As alluded to earlier, your attendance at an inspection expedites your search: You can either choose to negotiate further or walk away and head to the next home on your finalist list. Before deciding to walk or talk, however, gain an idea from the inspector on how much identified repair work will cost. Often times, flaws are only minor, creating little financial stress on the new owner when repaired. Even then, however, you can haggle for a lower sale price based on the nominal amounts you must spend on such repairs.
Your exclusive buyer’s agent, such as those from Buyer’s Choice Realty, can see you through not only the inspection and its ramifications, but the entire buying process as well.Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation to learn more about why using the services of an exclusive buyer’s agent is to your strong advantage. 1-800-252-8937. Let us show you why it pays to have an exclusive buyer’s agent on your side.
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