How to Sell Your Condo and Buy a House: HOME INSPECTIONS
When you bought your condo, you probably did not get a home inspection, however, when buying a house, especially your first house, a home inspection should be a top priority.
A home inspection typically takes about 3-4 hours, and costs between $300-$500.
There are two main reasons why you should get a home inspection:
First, it can protect you from buying the wrong house. A home inspection most importantly points out the flaws in any house and tells you approximately how much you need to spend to fix them. This can help you avoid a costly mistake.
The second and often overlooked reason for getting a home inspection is that a home inspection is like a crash course in home ownership. Going through the property that will soon be your home with a qualified and professional home inspector is a must-have educational experience about how to care for and maintain a house.
Over the years of helping my clients buy houses, Iâ€™ve worked with some great home inspectors and some not so great home inspectors. How do you know who is a good home inspector?
1) the more experienced the better
2) ask around and get someone who is highly recommended
3) while not necessary to be a good inspector, Iâ€™ve found that those inspectors who are also professional engineers tend to be the most knowledgeable and thorough.
What often separates the good inspectors from the not so good is a willingness to go the extra mile. Many inspectors will find excuses to not inspect certain aspects of a house, but the best ones will do whatever it takes to get the job done. For example, one client recently purchased a house that was a particularly tall house. The inspector wanted to inspect the roof but his ladder did not reach. This inspector voluntarily offered to go to home depot and rent a longer ladder on his own time to go up and inspect to roof! My clients were very impressed!
If youÂ are thinking about selling your condo and buying a house this year, I’dÂ love to help. For more informationÂ contact me.