Even if you think you’ve found the perfect Markham home that was well cared for and has few necessary repairs, a home inspection should still be a priority during the home-buying process. Here are four reasons why you should never say no to hiring a home inspector.
1. There are No Perfect Houses
While the house may look flawless on the outside, there may be many hidden issues or potential repairs in unseen areas of the home. When you hire a home inspector, this individual will thoroughly look at every detail of the house. The best inspectors will not only point out repairs that need immediate attention, but potential repairs that new homeowners may need to fix within the next few years. Following the inspection, you will receive a detailed report of the inspector’s findings which can help you determine if purchasing the home really is the best investment.
2. You Can Save On Large Repairs
By conducting a home inspection before purchasing the home, the buyer has some wiggle room and can ask the sellers to cover large costs or pay for a portion of the costs before the buyer will sign on the dotted line. For example, if a home inspector discovers that the roof, which can be a large expense, is ready for repair, the buyers can ask the sellers to cover the cost of the room or pay for half of the expenses. This can save the buyer thousands of dollars and prevent more costly repairs if the issue was not taken care of right away.
3. It Doesn’t Take Long
Many people can turn away a home inspection because they believe it is a long process that can lengthen the time frame of the sale. However, that is not always true. The actual inspection can take three to four hours, depending on the size of the house. If large repairs are needed to the home, you may want to push back closing dates until all the repairs are completed. However, the actual inspection itself can be done in an afternoon.
4. You Can Learn Unique Things About the Home
It is recommended that the buyers of the home attend the inspection. This gives them the opportunity to talk directly to the inspector and ask questions. In some homes, particularly older homes, inspectors can also point unique features in the home. For example, some homes may have built-in cabinets or used a unique building method that is not easily accessible or visible.
While hiring a home inspector can cost between $300 to $600 on average, it is one of the best investments you can make during the home-buying process. Ask your Markham real estate agent for recommendations on the best home inspectors who do a thorough job and will provide detailed reports.