If you’re thinking of buying a particular home, you’re probably aware that you should get a qualified home inspector to examine it. In fact, most offers will include a condition that the property be inspected before the sale becomes final.
A good home inspector will go over the property from top to bottom, inside and out. He or she will look for things like cracks in the foundation, outdated wiring, repairs that need to be done, and aging components (such as the roof and furnace). The inspector will also provide a timeline for the replacement of any of the major components including HVAC, windows, roof, etc.
Basically, a home inspector helps you understand the condition of the home and the related expenses you should expect.
But it can also be very beneficial for a seller to hire a home inspector. Getting your current home inspected before you list it for sale can help sell your property faster and for the best price.
Say you put your home on the market. You get an offer. That offer is conditional on a home inspection. What if the inspector uncovers a major issue, like a leak you weren’t aware of, or some problem with the wiring? The buyer could potentially walk away from the deal.
If, however, you got your home inspected first, you would know about those issues in advance and could deal with them appropriately.
So a good home inspector can be more valuable than you think!