Buying a home?
A home inspection will cost you a little bit of time and money, but in the long run you’ll be glad you did it. The inspection can reveal problems that you may be able to get the current owners to fix before you move in, saving you time and money. If you are a first-time homebuyer, an inspection can give you a crash course in home maintenance and a checklist of items that need attention to make your home as safe and sound as possible. Don’t skip this important step in the home-buying process – it’s worth every penny.
Selling your home?
According to the U.S. General Accounting Office, more than 85 percent of homebuyers who applied for a mortgage also requested an inspection — not too surprising, since home inspections can reveal hidden flaws and potentially pricey repairs. But even though an inspection can make or break the deal, most sellers wait for the buyer to take the initiative (and chew their nails while awaiting the results). Here are a few reasons why you might benefit from getting your home inspected before you put it on the market.
Reason #1: Reassure potential buyers.
Even after a walk-through or two, buyers rarely know exactly what to expect from a home inspection — there’s always the possibility of termites gnawing on that rustic log cabin or faulty wiring lurking behind those faux-finished walls. Providing a pre-inspection assures the buyer that no major surprises are in store; while they might not waive their own follow-up inspection, they’ll at least feel more comfortable about placing a bid.
Reason #2: Buy time and save cash.
Even in a relatively new or completely renovated home, chances are a home inspector can find a red flag or two. After all, that’s their job. When a fault is found during a typical home inspection, you may only have a few days to decide whether to make the repair or adjust the sale price appropriately — and you’ll need to find a solution that satisfies you and the buyer. A pre-inspection gives you more time to compare prices and treatment options from a variety of contractors. You may also avoid conceding a huge chunk of change for unpredictable repair costs like mold remediation or structural work.
Reason #3: Know where you stand.
Generally, your final selling price is determined long before the inspector ever sets foot inside your door. That leaves a huge question mark lingering over your negotiations — are you going to be forced to drop your final figure again if a major problem is uncovered? By getting an inspection early, you’ll know what concessions a buyer might request. That allows you to set your asking price accordingly and find out whether or not you’re in a position to play hardball.
Reason #4: Prevent repeat repairs.
No matter how handy you are, there’s always a risk of misdiagnosing a problem. But getting your home pre-inspected could help you avoid wasting money on unnecessary repairs. Say your toilet hasn’t been flushing quite right, so you pay a plumber to replace it — only to learn upon inspection that the problem was in your septic system. A pre-inspection helps you avoid doing double-duty, since the inspector can pinpoint the problem and recommend the right repair.
Peace Home Services will inspect your home from the foundation to the roof, inside and out using procedures set forth by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) standards of practice and code of ethics. After your inspection is complete, you will receive a detailed report with easy to understand descriptions of the structure, exterior, roof, plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling, insulation & ventilation. The report will list out safety issues, and recommended repairs that appear to exceed $500.00. This document will also contain general info on items that a home owner would want to take care of to prevent future problems along with digital photos of identified problem areas.
Your home inspection is fully insured and bonded. Supra key equipped if needed.
Contact us today to schedule your inspection.