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Should you get a home inspection before buying?

On Behalf of | Jul 20, 2019 | Residential Real Estate

There are many things involved in buying a home in Massachusetts. You have to get your financing in place, which can take a long time and require a lot of work. You also have to visit potential homes, weigh your options and make a final decision. It can be stressful getting to this point, and it is not even the end of the process. You still have to go through a title check, negotiations and finalizing everything. If that is not enough work, somewhere during the process before you finalize the sale, you should also get a home inspection.

According to American Home Inspectors Training, a home inspection is an examination of the home to look for any issues or potential issues that could impact the value of the home and your future in the home. While the law requires the seller to disclose known issues, it does not require disclosure of everything that could be wrong. The seller only has to tell you about what he or she personally knows about. Getting an inspection ensures you find out everything.

The inspection should go over every aspect of the home. Sometimes a finance company may require an inspection, but this may not be an in-depth as it needs to be. You should always go for a complete inspection that looks over the major aspects of the home so you can find out about any potential issues upfront.

An inspection can help you to negotiate a lower price or even help you avoid buying a home with a huge issue. This information is for education and is not legal advice.