The Home Inspection Contingency
The simple fact that nearly every real estate transaction has an inspection contingency should reinforce how important a home inspection is. This contingency protects the buyer and allows them to do their due diligence before continuing with the purchase of the property. After all, you would not buy a car without driving it, so, why buy a house before you know if it is in proper working order.
What You See Is Not Always What You Get
Whether you are buying new or moving into an older home, having a professional inspect the property before finalizing the deal is a wise decision. Home inspectors are equipped with the proper tools and training to spot potential problems. A top to bottom visual inspection with a trained eye will reveal neglect, improper repairs, unsafe conditions, and even what the future may hold. For example, at AHI we utilize thermal imaging equipment to scan various areas of the home including the floors, ceilings, walls, electrical, and much more to look for temperature variances that may indicate roof leaks, improper insulation, or a bad circuit.
A home inspection may seem expensive, however, in many cases, they pay for themselves. You are about to enter into a major financial obligation, the last thing you need is to move into your new home and discover that it needs a new furnace, that the roof leaks, or it is poorly insulated and your heating bills are unbelievably high. A home inspection can shed light on these problems prior to completing the sale. Armed with this useful information you can decide whether the purchase is still right for you, you may decide to renegotiate the deal, or have the seller complete the repairs prior to the sale. How you handle the situation will be up to you. What is important here is that you are aware of the issues and have the opportunity to address them in a financially responsible manner instead of just getting stuck paying the repair bill.