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Some Home Inspection Tips That Can Help You in Buying a Home

By : John Martino | In : general

Buying a home can be a huge and often onetime event for most of the people, though there are people who might get more than one opportunity to buy a home in their lives. But for all kind of buyers a home inspection is necessary because home is always a costly investment. As home inspectors involve into the home buying process on regular basis, their help and tips can make the process easy for you.

To get the professional home inspection services is important because a practiced home inspector will know what to check and how to check. He will be able to recognize a problem that is hidden to inexperienced people. Here are a few tips for home inspection which will help you a lot in buying a home:

  • Select an experienced home inspector:

Always choose a home inspector that is trained and is having a good experience of home inspection. This helps because there are numerous things that need to be checked while an inspection is done and an experienced pair of eyes will detect problems without trouble. Moreover, an independent home inspector will systematically perform the inspection so that nothing is missed out. The report of such inspector increases authenticity and helps in negotiation with the seller.

  • Prefer a local home inspector:

Along with experienced and qualified home inspector it is equally important to select a local inspector because then he will be aware of many factors that affect the home such as environmental factors and local rules and regulations for the house. He will probably know the work of the builder and the neighborhood so you can also know how safe it will be to live in the home that you have chosen.

  • Accompany the inspector for the inspection:

Be present with the inspector when he performs the inspection without fail. There are many benefits of doing this such as you will learn about many aspects and systems of the home that you are going to buy, and you can ask home inspections questions instantly to get all your doubts cleared at the time of examination. You can take notes of the explanation about the condition of the home and discuss them with your family in detail.

  • Don’t avoid the report given by home inspector:

This is a common mistake a lot of home buyers make. Many times it happens that the buyer falls in love with the home and hesitates to negotiate with the seller regarding the repairs or changes suggested by the inspector. They do not act on the recommendations and suggestions made in the home inspection report which can be vital and urgent changes that can prove to be costly (if ignored) in near future. It is ok to fall in love with the home but it is better to be practical at the same time because it is your right to pay a fair price for the property. And regretting after you start living in the home will not make the situation better.

Home buying can be stressful if proper guidance is not there. It is important to be sure about the condition of the home and amount of money you are about to spend. I hope these tips will help you in buying a home and I wish you good luck for the same.

John Martino (64 Posts)

LookSmart Home Inspections, LLC is owned and operated by John Martino. He has successfully performed over 3000 inspections for clients throughout northern and central NJ and has an exemplary track record of customer satisfaction. Mr. Martino completed a 300-hour approved NJ Home Inspector training program and was mentored by one of the most respected names in NJ home inspections. He continues to attend over 30 hours of continuing education classes each year.


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Buying a house is one of life’s biggest decisions. Before you close, you’ll want a professional inspection of the house to ascertain its true condition. John Martino is a formally trained New Jersey home inspector and member of the American Society of Home Inspectors...ReadMore