Independent Home Inspector
Buying a home is a BIG deal! It can be the best experience of your life or it can turn into the very worst. In the end, your decision to purchase may hinge on the inspections of the home. Be Careful on whom you choose to do the home inspections for it may be wise to get an independent home inspector.
Real Estate Agent Recommendations
You may like your real estate agent, but in the end, it is up to you to make sure that you do the best job choosing your home inspector. The main job of a real estate agent is to sell properties. Inspections are just a necessary evil to get to the sale. Remember most real estate agents work on commissions of about 5% paid by the seller of the property. For example, on a house selling for $350,000 there is a potential commission of $17,500.
Sometimes a selling agent will provide a list of three home inspectors to choose from. You may wonder how did these three “qualify” to get on this “approved” list for the agent? In short, the list could be good list or a naughty one. Unfortunately, for the prospective home buyer, some real estate agents view a thorough and non-bias home inspection as a threat to their sales commission. In addition, those who are on the special list may have a “working” relationship with the real estate agent to produce a good selling report to insure the sale goes through.
Independent Home Inspectors
An Independent Home Inspector is working for you; therefore, his job is to provide you with a thorough inspection. We all know, especially in New Orleans, that homes have problems. So, most likely the inspector will find problems. What you want him to discover are big problems such as broken pipes or slab problems.
In addition, may inspectors will also provide you with solutions to the problems and the potential cost to fix them. You really want a cost that will encompass the entire job. You do not want a shaved down price to ensure the sale of the property. For example, if you find out that the pipes are broken below your dream house, and the cost will be $20,000 to fix them all, this may impact how you negotiate your final offer. You may require the present home owners to fix it or you may decide to reduce your purchase price by $20,000. But, at least, you will know what you are getting into before your final purchase decision.
If you are concerned about the pipes in your home or in your future home, call Acadian Plumbing for a Video Inspection at (504) 466-7809 or (985) 653-0059. We will give you the best solution for your home.