Home Purchase

Knowledgeable decisions pay off ~ Give that new home a check up!

Why should I have a home inspection? 

When purchasing a new home, an inspection is an important step.  A home inspection is defined as a physical evaluation of a specific home/property and educates and informs you on the functional conditions of the home you are considering purchasing. 

As the buyer, you pay for the inspection, which will cost between $250 and $500.   But don't let that stop you. Without an inspection, you could be making the biggest investment of your life in a lemon.  Even with a brand new house, there may be hidden problems that only a professional inspector can find.

The major areas usually covered in a home inspection include: foundation, construction, plumbing, heating/cooling systems, electrical, and interior.  Other items include: septic/wastewater, air quality (radon, etc….testing), water quality and more.

The inspector will provide you with a printed report showing the findings for the home. This report will provide the facts and will include photographs. If you need to renegotiate the purchase contract to include repairs consult your Realtor. If the inspection report is clean, it's time to get ready for the big day: the closing.  

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Property Inspections - A MUST!

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People buy homes year around, but here in Vermont, we do see a surge of purchasesbetween April and October when the weather is more favorable. As we are about to enter into this year's buying season, I would like to give all buyers out there some important advice- Get a Property Inspection! A property inspectionoccurs after a contract has been established andthe purchaserhires a third party inspector whowill review many ofthe home'smajor attributes. This inspection is usually conducted within the first twoweeksafter an offer is accepted. In most transactions, this property inspection is written as a contingency, so that the purchasers must be satisfied with the inspection results before proceeding with the transaction. The inspection may include, but is not limited to: the roof, foundation, heating, plumbing, water, septic, electrical, structural, mechanical, flues & chimneys and other major components together with all appliances included in the sale of the subject property. The inspector may not however do invasive inspections such as drill holes, take off siding or cause damage to the property in any way. A purchaser may choose any inspector he or she wishes as long as the inspector is not related to the purchaser, but as a convenience here is a Partial List of Vermont Inspectors. Occasionally I will have clients or customers that elect not to have a property inspection. In most of these cases, the purchaser is an investor, purchasing a home "AS IS" and will waive a property inspection in lieu of negotiating a more aggressive purchase price. But keep in mind, the property inspection is your only chance to "kick the wheels" of your new home before closing! It's better to find out what's wrong with your new home BEFORE you own it and have no recourse.