So you’ve been going around for a while, looking at different kinds of houses and checking which one best suits your preferences and needs. Finally, you find one that seems to be just right, and what do you know, it fits well within budget too! It’s a great time to celebrate, you think, and you’re just about to sign on the dotted line.
But then your exclusive buyer’s agent knocks some sense back into you after that almost impulsive decision. Hold your horses, your agent says. There’s one more thing you should do before you even think about putting down a deposit for that Peterborough, NH real estate property you’ve got your eyes on–the house inspection.
Why Do a House Inspection
The main purpose of doing a house inspection is so you’ll know exactly what you’re getting. Although a house may look good on the surface, there may be serious problems lying underneath that you’re not aware of.
These problems can be severe enough to cause you a whole lot of trouble–and not to mention costs–later on. Once you’ve bought the house, there’s hardly anything you can do to go after the seller, except if you sell it yourself. That’s why it’s crucial that you take a very close look at every possible nook and cranny so you can be sure you’re getting a good deal.
The best way to do this is to bring a professional house inspector with you. Of course, you don’t have to have the inspection done right on the first day of your viewing the property. Instead, you can have another appointment for the inspection after the initial meeting so you can be more prepared to conduct the inspection.
Should there be any issues found, you can use it as a point of leverage with the seller. They may either decide to take on the repairs themselves, since it technically is still their responsibility. Sometimes, though, some buyers would have major renovation plans anyway, and they may just opt to buy the house as is, but negotiate for a lower price from the seller to cover the cost of repairs.
How well you position yourself in this negotiation will depend on how good the haggling skills of your exclusive buyer’s agent are.
What Should be Inspected
One of the first things that must be inspected is the foundation. This is a very crucial element because the entire structural integrity of a house or building rests on this. While small cracks can be expected over time, in worse cases, the cracks may go so deep as to spread and branch out along the walls.
Moisture then seeps in, making the walls susceptible to mold growth. This, of course, can potentially lead to a host of other problems, not the least of which is the negative effect it has on the occupant’s health. Various studies have linked damp indoor environments with various lung conditions, such as respiratory tract infections, which can lead to life-threatening conditions for those with weak lungs.
Check for insulation in the basement. Just like the foundation, any cracks or leaks can cause mold and mildew growth. Flooding can also be a problem, preventing you from being able to fully utilize the space as you should.
You may think you can just get this checked at a later time, but by then, you may find you’ve inherited one costly problem. If there are leaks on pipes behind walls or under the floor, repairs will lead to extensive collateral damage. Never underestimate the importance of ensuring the plumbing system works.
It may look good from the outside, but is it actually really okay? Having a thorough roofing inspection may be difficult to schedule during your on-site visit, but at the very least, a professional roofing specialist can more or less give you an idea of the state that it is in. This should help you better prepare for its repair if ever needed.
An exclusive buyer’s agent will help you find handymen, plumbers and electricians to assist in the house inspection. Our job is to make sure you are satisfied with your real property purchase.
Buyer’s Option Realty Services has been representing buyers only for many years. We have the knowledge of Peterborough area homes that it takes to negotiate the best price for you. Our experience in the Nashua area is unmatched. Call us today for a no-obligation consultation. (603) 881-3800.