Finding the perfect home for you and your family is going to be an exciting, but difficult process. You will have to look at several real estate properties to find the one you would want to wake up to and come home to every day for the rest of your life.
When looking for your dream house, you should hire a professional to do home inspections. In Utah, there are services that will help you figure out that the property you are looking at is right for you.
If your family’s safety is your priority, do not skip the home inspection. This can reveal the presence of mold, a common allergen that grows in moist environments. Inhaling mold spores can cause allergic reactions and asthma attacks.
An inspector can find issues that may endanger yourself and your family’s lives. They will also test for carbon monoxide, a colorless and odorless deadly gas, and radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer.
Find Hidden Faults
If you are buying an old home, then expect to pay for renovations and repairs. However, some issues may just not be worth the time, effort, and money you will need to invest to bring them to an acceptable condition.
An inspection will be able to spot major and minor problems that you may not have seen when you visited the property for the first time. For example, cracked walls or fault gutters will cost too much to mend or replace. An inspector will explain to you what needs to be repaired or replaced and how much they will cost so you can decide if the home is worth buying or if you need to step back from the purchase.
Negotiate for Lower Cost
On a related note, the flaws that the inspection uncovers can be used as a tool to negotiate a lower price from the seller. You will need to shell out cash to do repairs and replacements. Either the seller can do the maintenance on their own before you move into the house or give you a price reduction. You can work with your real estate agent to negotiate about the price and/or repairs.
Identify Illegal Installations
The previous homeowners may have made alterations and additions that were completed without a permit or did not follow local codes. You may not be aware of it, but an inspector will be able to spot it. For example, rooms that were constructed affects insurance, taxes, and the overall value of the property. You will be paying for something that, legally, does not exist.
Give You a Reason to Back Out
If the buyer and the seller could not agree on how to address the results of the inspection, it presents an opportunity to back out from the purchase. It saves you from wasting thousands of dollars from a potentially bad investment.
Give You Peace Of Mind
Lastly, if you go through the purchase, a home inspection will assure you that you are making a good investment. You will not encounter any unpleasant surprises that will cause a problem soon after you have moved in. You also will rest easy knowing that the house will not cause any harm to your family.
An inspection sounds like another step to a long and complicated process of buying a house. However, it will be beneficial for you to hire an inspector to have your back and give you sound advice when you need it.