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2021-01-11
2 Things First-Time Champaign County Home Buyers Should Know About Home Inspections

 

When you buy a home in Champaign County, one of the important steps in buying a home is the home inspection. While a home inspection report is vital before purchasing an older home, experts agree that even newer homes should be checked. Not only will the report help you learn about repairs that should be made immediately, it’s a handy reference guide to keep on-hand throughout the time you live in the home.

Because there are so many aspects to a professional home inspection, many first-time homebuyers know little about the process. Here are two aspects that most buyers don’t know about.

1. Report Format

Professional home inspectors use different formats when detailing information about the house. All reports, however, should contain several common features:

  • A description, in detail, of the condition of the home’s major systems.
  • A list of items that require immediate repair.
  • A list of general maintenance items.
  • Photographs.

Ask inspectors that you interview to supply you with a sample report. Ensure that the above items are included and that the inspector not only lists what’s wrong, but why it’s a problem and what should be done to remedy it.

2. Choosing an Inspector

Choose your home inspector carefully, as any mistakes made will cost you money. At the same time, keep in mind that the home inspector performs a visual survey. He will not tear up walls or floors to look for problems. A professionally trained inspector, however, knows what to look for and can spot warning signs.

The price you pay for a professional home inspection during the home purchase process is worth every cent. Use due diligence and hire the most experienced, professional home inspector in Champaign County so that you can complete your home purchase with confidence.

Where can you find the best home inspector in Champaign-Urbana? You can start by reading reviews on the internet. Also be sure to ask local friends or family who have bought a home. And of course, ask your real estate agent.

It’s also a good idea to tag along with the inspector during the inspection. This way you can ask questions while on site, rather than later, after looking at a report. Most inspectors welcome a “ride along” with the potential homeowner.

There are, of course, more factors involved in a home inspection. But these two factors will give you a good idea of what to expect. Rose Price has had years of experience with home inspectors and will be happy to fill you in on the whole process so that you can buy your next home in Champaign County with confidence.

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