Property Inspections Provide Buyers With Vital Info

by Karyl Sawyer 12/31/2018

One of the final hurdles to buying a house is making sure your future home is structurally sound. To the untrained eye, the property you've made an offer on may appear to be "close enough to perfect."

However, your excitement over that gourmet kitchen, finished basement, and manicured lawn may be causing you to view your future home with rose-colored glasses!

Fortunately, you can (and should) hire an experienced, licensed professional to thoroughly inspect the property and point out flaws and potential problems that might need to be addressed by the seller -- either in the form of price concessions or repairs. If the seller is unwilling to be flexible in those areas, then you may have the option of withdrawing your offer. Hopefully, it won't come down to that -- especially if you love the house -- but that situation could arise and derail your plans for buying a particular property.

Many real estate purchases do involve a few bumps and detours along the way, but they frequently can be resolved by your real estate agent and/or attorney.

The starting point for identifying structural issues with a house is to have the property inspected by a reputable home inspector. Here are a few of the key areas they'll evaluate and include in their report:

  • Foundation and basement: Cracks, leaks, and signs of instability can often be identified through a visual inspection of the underlying structure of a home. Some issues are relatively minor, while others can be quite costly.
  • Roof and attic: Although most new roofs typically last for 20 to 30 years, time has a way of slipping by when you least expect it! Depending on weather conditions, climate, and falling tree branches, roofs of any age can be subjected to a lot of wear and tear. Since roofs play such a vital role in protecting your home and family from the many forces of nature, it's crucial that your roof be intact, in sound condition, and fully functional. An inspection of the home's attic and/or crawlspace will also reveal actual or potential problems with leaks, mold, roof damage, or infestations.
  • HVAC, electrical, and plumbing: There are a lot of systems that provide homeowners with comfort, convenience, and the ability to meet day-to-day needs. Whether you're talking about major kitchen appliances, hot water heaters, or climate control systems, there are dozens of things an inspector needs to check and keep you apprised of.
  • Exterior checkpoints: Property inspectors will also assess the condition of the outside of the house, as well as drainage efficiency and any visible structural damage or signs of deterioration.
Although all property inspectors should adhere to industry standards and best practices, some are more thorough and efficient than others. It's essential for you to understand the scope of their services, including whether they offer lead paint testing, termite inspection, radon detection, and asbestos testing.

When it comes to home inspections, your real estate agent can not only provide you with professional referrals, but they can also accompany you on the actual property inspection. That will help make sure important questions, issues, and recommendations don't slip through the cracks!

About the Author

Author
Karyl Sawyer

 I grew up on a family farm just outside of Weiser, Idaho, then moved to Moscow to attend the University of Idaho and stayed for 33 years. I moved back to southern Idaho in 2016 and look forward to expanding my relationships down here. I hold a B.S. in Agricultural Economics, and a M.Ed. in Counseling and Human Services.

I am married to Charles (Buck) Sawyer, and as a blended family we have four adult children between us. We love to travel, bike, kayak and snowshoe while enjoying time with friends and family. We recently moved from Eagle to Wilderness Ranch just off Idaho State Highway 21. We feel fortunate to have experience across all of southwest Idaho.

I obtained my Idaho real estate license in 2003 and went to work at a boutique brokerage in Moscow. After 4  successful years, I along with 3  partners established RE/MAX Connections in Moscow in 2007. I bid farewell to them the end of 2016 and moved to Boise to join my husband and establish Sawyer Home and Land. Exciting times! It’s good to be home.....

Business Approach: As your Agent and Broker, my job is to assist you in achieving the goals of your transaction (price, timing, etc..). I will do my best to help you find the right property for you and your family as a Buyer, or present and market your property effectively as a Seller. I have expertise in negotiating the best price and terms, and guide the process and paperwork to a successful conclusion. Unlike many agents I do not represent both Buyer and Seller in the same transaction (dual agency, or double-ending). I cannot effectively give both parties the benefit of my experience if I try to represent both at the same time.

My listing fee is no more than 5%, and always negotiable. As a local full service brokerage, I provide excellent market presence and exposure through several forms of internet and print advertising, photography, signage, Intermountain Multiple Listing Service, and more. As a local Owner/Broker I can control and direct the marketing according to your needs rather than a national model.

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