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Buying a house: Your guide to home inspection

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The home inspection is one step to never skip in the home buying process whether you are purchasing a house in person or remotely. It can confirm what was already disclosed about the property. At the same time, a home inspection also reveals other information that will help finalize your purchase.

One of the most important things about a home inspection, however, is that it can save you a lot of money and resources in the long run. With all these benefits in mind, here are several things you can do before, during, and after a home inspection.

Before the home inspection

  • Let your agent know you are keen to have a home inspection done. Your agent will make the necessary arrangements, such as finding prospective inspectors to do the job.
  • Include it in the contract. Make it clear to the seller that a home inspection is an absolute must, regardless if you are getting a mortgage or buying the property in cash.
  • Perform an initial walkthrough. List down any issues you can identify as well as other features you would like to know more about. If you are buying a home remotely, pay extra attention during the virtual tour and do not hesitate to ask questions or make requests.

During the home inspection

  • Be present. As a hands-on buyer, head to the property in time for the inspection. Do not be afraid to ask follow-up questions about their observations and findings, all while maintaining a safe distance. In case of remote home buying, your agent can be present to livestream the inspection for you. Some home inspectors offer remote video inspections as well.
  • Don’t rush. On average, a full home inspection can take anywhere between two to four hours to complete. As such, let the inspector do their job thoroughly. Since it is highly recommended for you to be present, make sure to clear up your schedule to avoid any conflicts.
  • Take pictures. Aside from taking notes, it is handy to have accompanying pictures as well. Pictures will help you review the entire home inspection process. Moreover, they will serve as proof when it is time to sit down and discuss things with the seller.

After the home inspection

  • Read the report. Although you were present during the home inspection, make sure to read the final report as well. This will allow you to better understand the condition of the home, decide the next steps, and renegotiate accordingly.
  • Get a specialist’s advice. If the home inspector finds issues that require a second opinion, preferably that of an expert’s, do not hesitate to get a specialist inspection.
  • Ask for documentation. Before finalizing the sale, ask the seller to provide documentation for all of the repairs that were agreed upon during the renegotiation. In addition to getting documentation, perform a final walkthrough of the property.

Home inspections seem intimidating and nerve-wracking, but in truth, they help you make an even more informed decision about your real estate investment. Let us walk you through the process as you search for homes for sale in Metairie LA and St. Rose LA. Contact Axis Realty Group today at 504.336.3000 or nicole(dotted)axisrealty(at)gmail(dotted)com.