Home Inspection

Anyone performing a home inspection in the State of New Hampshire must be licensed - which I am. I am hearing from Realtors that there are buyers hiring people that are not licensed. I suppose if you are selling your home, this would be great, as any findings in the report would be invalid. However if you are buying a home, even if you believe the person knows what they are doing, why would you hire someone who was breaking State law?

 

Overview

My home inspection service is a visual and hands on inspection of the structural elements and systems which are readily accessible. This typically includes:

  • Foundation
  • Roofing
  • Exterior building components
  • Porches and decks
  • Attic
  • Electrical systems
  • Plumbing systems
  • Interior building components
  • Built in appliances
  • Heating and air conditioning systems
  • Ventilation
  • Fireplaces

I strongly encourage you to accompany me so that you may ask questions and gain a better understanding of the systems in the home. If you have any questions, or are interested in any other services, please contact me so we may discuss your needs.

 

Pre-Listing Inspection: Prepare Yourself for A Smoother Sale

If you are selling a home, you will get the highest price in the shortest time, if your home is in top condition. Almost all sales contracts include the condition that the contract is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory inspection. This is known as the inspection contingency.

Buyers insist on a professional home inspection performed by an inspector they hire. If the buyer's inspector finds a problem, it can cause the buyer to get cold feet and the deal can often fall through. At best, surprise problems uncovered by the buyers inspector will cause delays in closing, and usually you will have to pay for repairs at the last minute, or take a lower price on your home.

It's better to pay for your own inspection before putting your home on the market. Having a pre-listing inspection completed, will make the sale process easier.You can choose to present any problems as is, or have the issue reflected in the purchase price. Otherwise, you can count on the buyers inspector finding them, at the worst possible time, causing delays, and costing you more money.

One of the key benefits of having the inspection completed early, is that if there are any problems discovered that need to be repaired, you can have the repairs done on your own terms, on your own schedule. When a problem is not found until the buyer has an inspection performed, the deal you have worked so hard to on, may fall apart unless you act quickly to get the repairs done. Or you may have to take a lower price, in order to keep the deal moving. In either case, you will almost certainly have more headache, and spend more money, than if you had known about the problem and had it repaired before negotiations began. You could save thousands by simply being able to shop around and get competitive bids from contractors, rather than being forced into paying for a rush job at the last minute.

You can also benefit from simply offering certain issues as is. Often, you can negotiate with a buyer to accept issues in the current condition by stipulating that they are reflected in the purchase price. But that same buyer may walk away from the deal if the conditions come as a surprise, after an offer has already been made. If the home is inspected before the house goes on the market you will be aware of the condition of the house before an offer is made. There won't be any surprises and the deal is far less likely to fall apart. It takes a lot of effort to get a sales agreement signed in the first place. If the inspection turns up problems, the buyer will want to negotiate a new deal and that second sales agreement is usually even harder to get done than the first one.

You should also consider having private systems such as a Well or septic system inspected prior to listing. Since Radon has become part of Real Estate transactions, you should have this test completed also. As a seller, the biggest concern with all these tests is that they are taken correctly. I have had many buyers come to me explaining that the house they are selling was also tested for Radon. However the Inspector did not follow the EPA protocols I used. This can result in an improper test, with buyers asking for mitigation systems that weren't required.  

By having a pre-listing inspection done, you can identify problems early. Then either correct them or present them as is, assuring that the first offer you accept can move quickly and smoothly to closing without delays or costly surprises. Having all this information available to the buyer makes you look like a better seller!

If you have any questions, or are interested in any other services, please contact me so we may discuss your needs.

 

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