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3 Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing A Home Inspector
A few years ago, my wife and I purchased an investmentproperty with my dad. He was footing more of the bill than we were, so per hisrequest we let him choose what lender and inspector he wanted to use for theproperty. Now, for time’s sake we’re going to save the lender story for anotherday and focus on how we learned that a home inspector can either make or breakyou and how truly important it is, to do your homework when choosing aninspector. The inspection report we received back wasn’t even close to beingaccurate and caused us all, one of the biggest headaches of our lives.
Mistake #1: Choosing TheCheapest Inspector In The Book- Now, don’t get me wrong, there will beinspectors that are inexpensive and who do a quality job, but you know thatsaying ‘if it’s too good to be true, it usually is’. Well, that saying ispretty accurate. You may be thinking you’re saving yourself a little dent inyour checkbook, when in reality, there’s going to be a gaping hole in it, downthe road. I also want to reiterate that even paying buku bucks for an inspectorwon’t guarantee that the job will be done right, bringing me to my next point….
Mistake #2: NotResearching Companies- We are surrounded by technology. You don’t even haveto sit down at a computer anymore to surf the web or even worry that your momis going to pick up the home phone and disconnect your AOL chat. You have thefreedom from not only your computer to research till your heart’s desire, butfrom phones and tablets too! So do yourself a favor, look into companies, readabout them, read the reviews, check their rating on the BBB, even take tosocial networking to ask if any of your friends have used them!
Mistake #3: Not BeingPresent for Your Inspection-Don’t just trust that since you’re paying them,the inspector is automatically looking out for your best interest and even whenthey are, the truth is we’re all human. It’s always good to be there, so youcan physically see what exactly your inspector is checking over & that theyare doing what you are paying them to do. Also, keep in mind, most homeinspectors don’t do sewer scopes. I always recommend that if you are buying anolder house or a house that has multiple trees and shrubbery (especially largeones), get a sewer scope. Not only will it save you money, it’ll save you theheadache of having to deal with a flooded basement.
Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you willmake. Why not make sure to protect your investment by doing your homework andstart by investing some time into making sure that your choice of a homeinspector, is the right one for you. If you have any questions about realestate or even if you are looking for a good home inspector, shoot me an emailor give me a call, I am always happy to help!
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As a Full Time real estate agent for the past 23 years, Sheryll has helped hundreds of home owners in Colorado buy and sell their homes. Sheryll's easy going, no pressure style and her in depth knowl....
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