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How To Make The Most Of The Home Inspection

by Bianca Guevara 01/20/2019

The home inspection may seem like a standard thing that you need to go through in the process of buying a home. Really, you’re paying for the home inspection, and it’s a huge opportunity for you. As a home buyer, you should look at the home inspection as an educational event for homeowners. You’ll learn a lot about the history of the property that you’ll be living in. From water that may have been present in the basement to a leaky roof, you’ll get to know your new home and how everything works.


When you hire your home inspector, he or she may seem like they are talking to experts. For this reason, it’s a good idea to ask questions during the inspection so that you can clarify what the inspector is talking bout.


Is This Problem Urgent?


It’s a good idea to see how soon any problems in the house need to be fixed. If the roof needs to be replaced within 3-6 months and your finances are tight, it’s something that you’ll want to know about. While home inspectors will reserve their opinions about a property overall, professionally, they can tell you how big of an issue certain things are. You may need to hire a certified professional who specializes in a certain area like plumbing or electricity for further evaluation in many cases. For your own knowledge, it’s a good idea to know what needs to be done around the property and when.             


Take Notes


You’re never going to remember where everything is in the house on the first pass. It’s a good idea to carry a notepad with you when you’re going through the home. Make notes of any major issues, where they are, and how to fix them. This way, even after the inspection report is sent, you’ll have something to refer back to.  


Is This At The End Of Its Lifespan?


Your home inspector will take a look at all of the moving parts of the home that you’re about to purchase. This includes the appliances. Is the dishwasher on its last leg? Will you need a new refrigerator very soon? Is that creak in the floor more than just a problem with a floorboard? If you find out what to expect from both the major and minor issues in the home, you’ll have a better idea of what to expect from the property overall. 


Home inspectors give you an overview of the condition of a home. Inspectors will tell you that there is no home that comes completely clean when it comes to an inspection. Even a brand new home that was just built will have some issues. While it may not be the most fun to find out that your new home needs a new roof, at least you and your realtor will know what needs to be brought to the negotiation table if you decide to go through with the purchase of the home.

About the Author

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Bianca Guevara
Born and raised in Miami, Bianca knows Miami-Dade County and is a lover of SouthFlorida history and diverse culture. Bianca's integrity and professionalism coupled with her intimate knowledge of the Miami's real estate market is at the heart of her ability to provide her clients with hands-on, personally tailored services. She is always available to assist her clients around the clock. Her passion for real estate has helped her market with an innovative real estate buying and selling experience second to none. Bianca has represented a number of entrepreneurs, investment professionals, locals and provides all of her clients with top-notch service. She prides herself on providing a private, meticulous real estate experience to every client. Bianca was awarded the prestigious the Million Dollar Guild (GUILD)Recognition® by The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing. The GUILD recognition is awarded to residential real estate professionals performing in theMillion-Dollar and above market.The Institute only awards the recognition to professionals who have provided verified and notarized documentation of performance reflecting sales in the top 10% of their given market and above the million-dollar threshold.Bianca is a native South Floridian and is fluent in both, Spanish & English.When she’s not working, she enjoys photography, home decorating and traveling and volunteering her time at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.