3 Home Inspection Tips

When you buy a home for sale in Lakewood or Long Beach, your Realtor® will tell you that you should hire a home inspector. That’s because the inspector is your “inside look” into the home – and he or she can uncover potential problems that may make you decide to back out of the deal and look for another house.


Here’s what you need to know about having a home inspection.


3 Home Inspection Tips


When you’re interested in buying a home, the bottom line is that it’s in your best interest to have it inspected by a professional. Here’s what you need to know:


  • You should hire a skilled, talented professional

  • You should attend the inspection

  • Don’t freak out over problems the inspector uncovers


Hiring a Skilled, Talented, Professional Home Inspector


Ask your Realtor to suggest a professional home inspector he or she trusts. Your agent has been in the business a long time, which means he or she has connections – and she knows which inspectors do the best jobs and which try to skate out and collect a paycheck.


Attending the Inspection


A good home inspector will welcome you at the home inspection. He or she will answer your questions and point things out along the way. (If an inspector tells you you’re not welcome, don’t hire that inspector!)


You should always go to the home inspection. It’s another opportunity to go through the home before it becomes yours, which provides you with another chance to see if it’s the right choice for you.


Keeping Your Cool if the Inspection Uncovers Issues


If your inspector discovers something wrong with the home, don’t freak out. For the most part, issues your inspector will find are fixable. Even brand-new homes come with a few issues! However, if the inspector discovers a major problem – like with the foundation or the roof – you can use it as a bargaining chip with the seller. In most cases, you’ll have a home inspection contingency built into your contract, too; that means you should be able to back out of the deal with your earnest money intact.


Are You Selling a Home in Lakewood or Long Beach?


If you’re selling a home in Lakewood or Long Beach, we can help. Call us at 562-882-1581 to find out how we’ll market your house to all the right buyers so you can sell it quickly and at the right price.


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