Monday, December 9, 2013

Why Getting A Kentucky House Inspection Is Important

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With the recent winter weather conditions, a lot of buyers are now being extra cautious before they close on house. Maintaining a house can get expensive if minor issues become even bigger (read: deferred maintenance). The benefit of getting a house inspected before you close on it, is that you will have a clearer picture of the value of a house and a better understanding of how the owners have taken care of the home. In this article, we will give you some insight on why this is an important step when buying a house.

House Inspections Can Save You Thousands But Only Cost You Hundreds
As a buyer, you, of course, want to make sure you get the best deal. You will be paying for the house for several years. Many homes have already had repairs, some major. You want your inspector to reassure you that these repairs have been made correctly. The typical Elizabethtown home inspection costs $300-$400 so it's absolutely worth the investment. Make sure the home inspector has a Kentucky home inspector's license.

SCHEDULING: House Inspections Do Not Take Long At All
Home inspections rarely take more than few hours. Make sure you have a list of home inspectors who work in the Elizabethtown, KY area. In many cases, you must schedule the inspection with the home inspector a few days or even a week prior to the date you want them to inspect the house.

Inspection Done, Now What?
Once the home inspector has given you his/her report, it is now up to you and the seller (negotiating through your agents) to agree on what repairs need to be made prior to closing. For minor repairs, give the seller a few days or a week to get them done. Major repairs may take some time to finish, such as a roof replacement, flooring, piping, and windows. If this is the case, you may be able to negotiate a lower price. Be sure to ask your home inspector to check the repairs once done.

Different Kinds of Inspections
Just like doctors, there are also different types of home inspectors; there are general home inspectors, termite and pest inspectors, RADON inspectors, water, oil tank, and septic inspectors. If you wish to thoroughly know the condition of a house prior to buying, make sure you get a thorough inspection and make changes and repairs as needed.

Consider House Inspectors Your Friend
Home inspectors are [should be] unbiased when doing their inspections so you should have peace of mind. If possible, you should be there while the home inspectors are inspecting and be sure to ask question.

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