When buying a house you want to be sure to get an inspection. This is important because the home inspector can find all of the little and big issues that you’ll need to know regarding the the building’s structure, plumbing, heating and air, roof, and more. Be sure to place the home inspection as a contingency item on your buying contract. Include a time frame for having an requested repairs to be completed. Include whether the seller should pay all repair costs or if you, the buyer, would consider paying for some. This contingency gives you an “out” if the inspection finds a flaw that is too big or expensive for you and the seller to want to deal with.
If you suspect mold in the house, you may need to hire a mold specialist. Most home inspectors do not include mold tests in their line of work.
Your home inspector should provide a written report with photographs of the problem areas for clarity.
Once you receive the report, go through it and decide what is considered annual maintenance and what is a hazard. Decide what you would like the seller to repair, and what you will repair. Be careful in this step. Some requests to the seller could be a deal breaker and you’ll find yourself house hunting again. Put a time frame on your repair requests and once these are done to your satisfaction, you can release the home inspection contingency from your contract.
Realtors are professionals and have the training to guide you, the home buyer, through the buying process. They are not inspectors, however, and cannot tell you what to repair and what not to repair. That is a decision you will have to make. Your Realtor is your advocate and has all of the proper knowledge and the paperwork available to handle the contract, contingencies and other concerns that home buyers have. Consider hiring a Realtor when you look for your next home.
Eileen P. Saunders, Realtor
Tommy Morgan, Inc., Realtors
2092 Old Taylor Rd., Suite 101
Oxford, MS 38655