Do not rush into anything and do not place yourself in a position to be rushed into anything! Once you have researched and picked a RE Agent, or other, to work with finding a home then take time between looking at homes to research the other items of concern. You may have the option to pick your service providers so research them and learn what you can as they are not all created equal. Some providers are:
1. Title/Closing company
2. Attorney in the event you have legal questions or concerns regarding the deal. RE Agents can not provide
legal advice unless they also are attorneys.
3. Property appraisers
4. Real Estate (Home) Inspector
5. In the event the inspection suggests further evaluation by a specialized trade or profession then have a list of pre-selected tradespeople you already trust. These would include the most common of electrician, plumber, heating and cooling person, Professional Engineer, landscaper (drainage issues), etc.
Never rely solely on a reference from anyone regarding these trades/professions. The person referring them likes them for some reason but that does not mean you will. If you line these people up before the offer you don't have to worry about rushing around to find a reliable service provider during a short option period.
Read and understand every document you will be signing from the start to the end of the process. If you do not feel comfortable with explanations then have an attorney review and advise you on them. Once you sign on the dotted line it is not easy to undue.
Do not get overly emotional with any aspect of the process. Emotions WILL cloud good judgment. Remember this phrase as it applies "If it was meant to be it will be regardless of how cautious you approach the task".
Emmanuel J. Scanlan
PS Inspection & Property Services LLC
TREC License # 7593
International Code Council, Residential Combination Inspector #5247015-R5 (Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing and Building)
Certified Level I Thermographer (ASNT-TC1A Standards)
Texas Residential Construction Commission, Third Party Warranty Inspector #1593
Texas Residential Construction Commission, Inspector, County Inspection Program
Texas Department Of Insurance, VIP Inspector # 08507061016
Hayman Residential Engineering Services, Field Technician
CMC Energy - Certified Energy Auditor
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