Why are home inspections so important? How do they differ from appraisals? Who pays for it? These are all crucial questions in the home buying process.
Why should you get a home inspection when buying a home in Clarksville?
This is a question that we get a lot. We also find that people get home inspections and appraisals mixed up. An appraiser may look at a crawlspace for water, for example, but an inspector is actually going to get in the crawl space to thoroughly make sure everything is OK. It's important to understand the difference between the two and what they do.
How do you choose a home inspector? Usually, your Realtor can recommend several, or you can look in the phonebook. You want to make sure they are a member of the National Association of Home Inspectors.
Who pays for the home inspector? Typically, the buyer pays. It's important for the buyer to be present during the inspection to learn about how to maintain your home and keep it in good shape for resale value.
Make sure they’re a member of the National Association of Home Inspectors.
People also commonly (and mistakenly) think that the inspector is there to point out every little thing wrong with a home. The inspector is really there to look at heating, plumbing, electrical, and structural aspects of the home, like the roof, the doors, the windows, and other things like that. Cosmetic flaws should be addressed in the initial offer before the inspection.
If you have any other questions about home inspections or about the Clarksville market, give us a call or send us an email. We'd be happy to answer them for you!