Your real estate agent identifies a property that suits the description of your dream house; you rush to make the required down payment to book it formally. However, before you sign the contract, ensure that you have a home building inspection done.
Many buildings look excellent from the outside, aided by expert cosmetic repairs done specifically to increase the market value. Unless you are an expert yourself, it would be difficult for you to understand the home floor plans and identify the possible flaws in the building.
Freshly painted walls, damp floors and newly installed doors and windows may indicate a clever cover up. Insist that you be allowed to see the home plans and have an inspection done before the deal is sealed.
No matter how old or new the house is, don’t purchase the home without having it inspected, as you might end up spending a lot of money for repairs. Building inspectors are specially trained to watch out for problems that can cause you serious trouble in the future. These include structural problems, such as incorrectly built walls, partitions, basements, foundations and so on, as well as faulty plumbing and electrical issues.
For example, trees planted too close to the house, less than two meters distance, may cause the walls of the house to crack because of the growth and expansion of the roots. Another such example that would not be visible from homeplans is the proper connection of the down pipes and gutters. If these have not been professionally fitted, then it could result in water seepage into the walls, causing dangerous cracks and ugly damp spots.
Never under estimate the role of an expert. When you buy a place of your own you need to know that there are no hidden defects that will cripple you financially after you have bought the house. A home building inspection will identify such problems if any, and you will have the option to go ahead with the sale or look for another house. Most people think that studying the house floor plans will suffice; however, the building inspector will tell you that there is much more you need to know.
It is normal to be excited and happy when you find a house that suits your requirements like a glove. No matter how excited you are, do not rush into finalizing the deal until you have a home building inspection done.
This will tell you whether the house you are planning to buy is worth the investment you are about to make. Often, there are flaws that cannot be identified by a cursory look at the houseplans and you could end up with serious recurring costs and plenty of trouble.