Know Before You Sign: Four Professionals to Call Before Buying that House
Congratulations—you’ve found the perfect dream home, and you’re ready to sign the final papers. Once you’ve negotiated the initial pricing come to an agreement, it’s time to start taking a closer look at the home. Regardless of what the owners had to say about the condition, you’re wise to hire independent professionals for a thorough inspection and unbiased opinion.
Ask a home inspector to come out and take a look around the property. These professionals know the warning signs to look for and can help you avoid making a mistake. They’re not allowed to open up any walls or look into the hidden areas, but they can still point out potential problems for safety hazards.
Most home inspectors don’t look for signs of pests, so you need to proactively check this on your own. An extermination company can come out and perform a thorough inspection to determine if there are problems with bedbugs, cockroaches, termites or other hidden pests. You don’t want to share your living space with these invasive creatures, and it’s much easier to treat the house while it’s empty than after you move in.
Plumber and Electrician
While most home inspectors will take a look at general plumbing and electrical systems, you may still want to have professionals in these fields come out take a look around the home. They have a higher level of training, so they can catch problems or issues that a home inspector might miss. It’s better to learn before you buy a home that there’s something wrong with the kitchen drain and it doesn’t empty properly than it is to constantly deal with backed up pipes and plumbing bills after the fact. One of the most common and bothersome plumbing issues new homeowners face is with their water heater. Repairing water heaters is not an easy job, as it should be repaired and installed following safety measures. This is important, as these units are not only connected to the plumbing system; they are also either gas or electrical. Not only will a plumber help repair your equipment, they can also install new water heaters for you. In fact, if you want to replace your old, faulty machine with a new one, but don’t know which water heater is best for your home or office, your plumber will be able to guide you in this respect.
The professional staff at City Hall won’t come out to your house for you, but you still need to talk to them. If the home has had any major work done on it, then you need to know there’s a permit for that work. Is the basement finished? Is there a large beautiful deck out back? You need to know that work was done in a professional manner and is up to code. While the home inspector can tell you if items are not consistent with code, only City Hall can tell you if the appropriate permits were obtained.
It takes a little extra time to go through these steps, but it’s a great way to protect your investment. Going above and beyond on the inspections will help you avoid nasty surprises and costly repairs down the road. You also may be able to negotiate some of the repairs or cost into the final deal on the house.
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