As an inspector, I believe this one of the biggest mistakes a homeowner could possibly make. I am not saying it because I earn a living in the profession... I say it because a potential buyer NEEDS to learn about the home they are buying. Good inspectors promote themselves to their clients by investing in an education. The more you learn ahead of time, the more information you will have in the end to make a conscious decision.
Below are some of our insights on the WHY's
"Hiring an inspector from the onset when a client is house hunting can speak volumes during the entire process and potentially turn those overwhelming feelings into a positive educational process. A client can learn much more over time than they could in four hours… Absorbing all that educational information over a longer period of time can also reduce the anxiety and burden when the time comes making that final decision and buying that dream home."
"We would recommend to any and all of our clients to hire a home inspector prior to entering into a contract to purchase. One reason for this recommendation is so we can do some research on the potential property in advance. An example would be to check with the town's building department for any building permits that might have been pulled by the current home owner or previous home owners."
"Educational awareness when you are house hunting is important to us as your home inspector. As a home inspector this process can help our clients see what we see on a subjective level, but this can also be the perfect opportunity for our clients to learn some valuable information of how the major systems operate within a home. By securing our services from the beginning it gives us the opportunity to teach you what we look for during an inspection, but most importantly WHY we look for it. The WHY’S are essential and pivotal to discovering the history of that home, and what the potential future may bring to you as the homeowner when buying that home? We firmly believe taking this process at a slow pace is pivotal because all homes have a history, even if they are brand new…"... more
Most likely, but you need to read your contract carefully and make absolutely sure you stick to your contingency dates. Also, any notice that you give should be in writing. If you're losing sleep, simply forward your question over to your attorney and he will be able to answer it in 5 minutes.
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If you make an offer that is based on fact, such as the average price per square foot of comparable sales, then you have a strong case regardless of how a seller feels about it. Whether or not the offer is accepted is of course up to them. Again, the question here, is whether you are comparing apples to apples, or does the home you are considering have other factors that may add or detract from the value? The other question that only can answer is what the home is worth to you. If you plan to own for a long time, you are likely to be fine with a price that's within the general range of current market value. I hope this helps. -Linda... more