Why should I get a home inspection for my Vienna home?
Once a house is under contract, one of the first things to do is to get a home inspection. Unless you are a cash buyer planning to tear down the house, I would highly recommend getting a home inspection. The purpose of the home inspection is two-fold.
First, is to have a qualified professional take a look at the house to make sure there are no issues with the home.
Remember, you are paying your home inspector to be picky. They will write down every issue they see with the house, ranging from a roof that is falling apart to a door that doesn’t latch properly. Just remember: Not all issues are created equal. The main questions to ask yourself are:
- Is this a safety or health issue?
- What is the cost/time to fix the issue?
- Is it something I can do myself?
- Is it something that needs to be fixed now to move into the house? Or can it be repaired later?
I have had buyers who want the seller to fix every little item found in the report. Are you going to walk away from the deal because the seller won’t replace a ripped screen? I’ll leave negotiating home inspection items for another post, but just keep in mind that every house is going to have issues (even new construction), and it shouldn’t stop you from purchasing a home.
Second, it is a chance for the buyer to ask the home inspector any questions about the maintenance and operation of the house.
Follow your home inspector around and don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you don’t know what something does, ask. Some things to make sure you ask the inspector:
- Where are my main shut off valves (e.g., water, gas, etc…)
- How often should I replace my air filter and what size is it?
- Where is the electrical panel? Is it labeled?
After you get the home inspection report, the inspector is available to answer any further questions you have, so don’t hesitate to ask!
Virginia is a buyer-beware state, so it is very important to get a home inspection before your purchase your Vienna home. I have a list of recommended home inspectors that I have personally worked with who can conduct your home inspection.
Are you still looking for Vienna homes for sale?
Check out these available properties below and call/text Peggy at 703-349-0143 to arrange a personal showing.
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