Not to be confused with the appraisal, a home inspection is an advised and optional item you might want to check off your list before closing on your home loan.
That’s not to say that what your inspector might find in an inspection should shatter your hopes of homeownership – rather, Realtor.com says any findings in an inspection could give buyers leverage to renegotiate with the seller to fix the problems of a home (although, realtor.com says you should have a home inspection contingency in your offer to do this).
Here are things the inspector should checkout:
- Windows, doors, trim
- Interior rooms
Realtor.com says it’s a good idea to let your inspector know of any disclosed damage that the seller has relayed. Unlike an appraisal, you can and probably should accompany your inspector, especially if you’re determined to buy a place – you will know which areas of your home you should devote time and attention to!