As a home buyer in Ozark , you can get a feel for whether a home’s systems and appliances are in working order. However, you can’t know for certain until after the home’s been inspected.
This is why real estate agents recommend that buyers hire a licensed home inspectors immediately after going into contract. It’s the best way to really know the home which you’re buying.
By definition, a home inspection is a top-to-bottom check-up of a home’s physical condition and systems, including a review of the structure, and its plumbing and electrical systems. Home inspections are not the same as a home appraisal, which is a valuation of the property.
When you commission a home inspection, you should be present for it. Here are 4 reasons why:
How will your new home respond to rain and wind? Here in the Ozarks, today or tomorrow would be great days to have a home inspection done. Read what KY3 Brandon Beck is reporting on his weather blog for today, “As the dry line approaches today storms will become more numerous, and a few of these will be severe. High wind will be the main threat, but a tornado can’t be ruled out. Low pressure along the front will generate a strong low-level jet this evening, and this could enhance the tornado threat over portions of northern Arkansas and south-central Missouri. While this isn’t a “text-book” setup for large tornadoes, the ample moisture and warm air, along with the strength of the incoming storm system, makes me nervous.”
Concerned about the roof, see for yourself how the roof handles todays winds. Does water leak into the basement? Grab a latte, put some Eddie Rabbitt on and watch the pitter patter as the rain drops fall. How well the water drains during a good rain is very important. Does the contour of the yard discourage the rain from flowing into the basement and are the down spouts working properly.
Seeing For Yourself
There’s a big difference between reading a report and seeing “live” what may be right or wrong with a home. With first-hand knowledge of a potential issue, you’ll be in a better position to determine whether a problem warrants contract cancellation, or whether it’s an additional negotiation point.
Discovering The Home
Via a home inspection, you will learn where the systems reside within a home (e.g.; boiler room, garage), and how to operate them. This is a valuable educational opportunity and most inspectors are happy to share what they know. It’s also a chance to ask questions about maintenance and upkeep.
A home inspector’s job is to review and disclose the condition of the home. The inspector’s report, however, is just a summary on paper. In being present for the inspection, a buyer will be able to visualize and understand the report’s conclusions more clearly. This can make for more effective re-negotiations with the seller, in the event that damage or distress is identified.
So, what should you do during the home inspection? Your primary tasks are to watch, listen, learn and ask questions. A professional home inspector will welcome your participation in the process. Here is a few local inspectors we enjoy working with. Andy Simms with Summit Inspections or John Parker with A Pro. Our website has a complete list of recommended professionals.