My advice to nervous people is that they need to moderate their nervousness or they will never move forward. Life is uncertain.
Inspectors can only evaluate what is visible. Yes, there are a zillion potential problems lurking under the surface - we need to moderate the desire to ensure that everything is perfect and kind of go with the "gestalt" - the house "looks" pretty good, except for these things (whatever they may be), and take it from there.
Nervousness can be paralyzing, but there is some benefit in tempering those emotions - what would a reasonable person do in this situation?
Do not expect that your nervousness should be a factor in a professional's evaluation of the home.
All the best,
With that said even on new construction, I strongly suggest a home inspection either before move-in or before your one year warranty is up. Feel free to stop by and view our new homes.
I was glad for my real estate agent who talked to me about the process and worked hard getting me into the house and the inspectors who told me how things were looking every step of the inspection process and some advice for maintaining and keeping integrity of the home intact post purchase.
The inspection fee is nominal $350 dollars give or take a bit. You can pay more to have them look deeper at the homes core. You can also buy or request the seller buy you a Home Warranty Policy. That can cover some of the major expenses should anything go wrong in that first year of home ownership.
I love properties and became a real estate agent knowing I could find homes that fit an individuals needs, couples or families lifestyle, or just a place for relaxation and regrouping when not out conquering the world.
If I can assist in any way, let me know.
My May 19th article "How Can I Find a Good Home Inspector?" might be a good read. (Article linked in web reference below).
Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner
EBA Portland, LLC
Representing Buyers Exclusively since 1999
Your agent can help you find the best inspectors, lenders and other home-helpers you might need who know the area, have and care about a good reputation and have a proven work record.
I've been an agent in the Hillsboro area for 8 years. The market here is very active right now, especially in the $200,000 and less segment. Our office is on Main St. downtown so is convenient for the whole process. This is an exciting time and a great time to jump in price-wise and interest-wise! If you'd like for information or help in the search (even if you aren't ready to buy now), I'd be happy to help you get to know the market.
I would highly recommend you get a Real Estate Broker working on your behalf. It costs you absolutely nothing, and you get guidance throughout the entire process including the inspection period. The sellers pay a commission on their homes that covers the price to the buyer's agent as well. They are paying this total commission regardless of whether you have an agent or not. The sellers will most likely have representation helping them negotiate to get the highest price. You should have someone negotiating to get you the best price for the home.
Realtors also have great contacts for home inspectors, as well as other companies you need to use throughout the home buying process. Inspections costs roughly $350-$400.
Good luck, and please do not hesitate to contact me if you are looking for a great Realtor.