Post 1 :: Don’t Judge a House by its Shutters

It’s that time of year when people start looking for that perfect home. Whether you’re house hunting or even if the idea has just popped into your thoughts, you should know that you shouldn’t judge a house by its shutters.

Like you, every home is unique and you may have fallen in love with that house with the long driveway and wrap-around porch. The house mirrors your personality and the moment you picture yourself sitting in a white rocker with your feet propped up sipping sweet tea on the porch, you’re sold.

Now I know the wrap-around porch sold you on the house, but I’m sure you wouldn’t put in an offer without going inside. Buying a home without inspecting it first is doing just that. Go inside the house and dig; try to find any element of the home that doesn’t seem to be right; i.e. a leaky sink in the half bath.

If you found one area in the home that needs some work, it’s likely that there are other areas of the home that may also need work. It’s always a good idea to invest in a home inspector before making your home buying decision. Getting your home inspected by a professional means they may find a crucial problem that you missed. Some home buyers waive the home inspection by a professional altogether. This doesn’t mean that the buyers are buying blind, according to realtor.com, but that the buyers can see that much for themselves. Some state disclosure laws force sellers to reveal any material problems of which they are aware. However, many sellers are unaware that such problems exist with the home.

Home inspections alongside a professional are crucial because they can save you a hefty sum of money in the long run on repairs, especially during a time when funds are tight. If you’re buying a home for the first time, chances are that you’ve never gone through the home inspection process. Here are some tips to help you through the home inspection process:

  • Get ready to spend 2-3 hours during the home inspection
  • Stay close to the inspector and don’t be afraid to ask questions
  • Bring a measuring tape if you need to buy blinds/drapes or measure for furniture
  • Don’t forget to also inspect the appliances if they are included
  • And lastly, ask about additional inspections such as radon, wood-destroying organisms, mold, rodents and lead