Getting Edina Homes – Conducting a Self-Inspection

October 7, 2010 at 3:30 am

You want to avoid any big surprises whenever you are thinking about buying a brand new house, so hiring a professional inspector for real estate can alleviate much of the stress concerning your potential house early in the home buying process.

However, you are not required to have an actual home examination until after committing yourself to the preliminary sales deal, therefore it’s probably best to know as many things as possible regarding the shape of the home by having an honest dialogue with the owner as well as carrying out your own inspection by which you’ll be able to examine if there are any fundamental physical damages.

Many vendors are amenable to letting you inspect the property before you sign any sort of contract, and this might provide you some leveraging influence while making an offer for the final price. Barron’s ‘Smart Consumer’s Guide to Home Buying’ recommends all prospective home buyers to put together a checklist to take note of every issue as well as other concerns before they get further into the sales process. “If you are thinking about buying a house that will need renovation or upgrading, the more value will be derived from your mini-inspection,” explains the book’s authors.

Consider developing a checklist for a home examination report so that you can do a walk-through of the property as well as take notes about the overall look of the said home. The following are a number of the very important areas for you to check:

Learn about the age of the home – you’ll want to know exactly when the home was built, what types of renovations took place on the home property, and also check if there are any blueprints on hand.

Examine the basic foundation for potential issues – be on the lookout for big breaks or perhaps apparent water piping problems in the property and in the attic. Ask concerning flooding issues or any other weather-related problems that have resulted in problems on the house in different seasons.

Check out the interior for damages and other potential problems – you will need to ensure that all doorways are functioning properly and also that all the rooms’ walls and partitions are even and free of cracks. Make a note of any visible cracks or deterioration and take a picture or two of and marks that particularly needs repair. You will need to examine potential problems of odor and molds and even make sure all water entry areas are very clean and also functioning.

Check out the exterior for potential problems and other damages – do all the doors and windows have sufficient insulation? Are they well-maintained and properly functioning? Be sure that all the doors, windows and sidings do not have cracks as well as any obvious wear and tear.

Review heat and air conditioning appliances – ask about the average cooling and/or heating expenses over a year, and try to find out how old the devices are. You have to know these things as sometimes, you might need to purchase a brand new heating and air conditioning systems.

On top of the written examination survey, you may consider taking photos or maybe videos using a digital camera so you can look at everything again in more detail later on. The extra footage also can provide you with a better position during the sales process with the owner.

About the Author: Alexandria P. Anderson is an Edina real estate agent that helps people to find and purchase Edina homes and properties in the Twin Cities of Minnesota.

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