Your Orlando buyer’s agent finally came through with your dream house and it’s exactly as you had imagined. You place an offer on the house and after a few days of counteroffers, the seller agrees. It seems too good to be true but you go with the flow. While drawing up the contract, the seller says that he will throw in a few incentives if you let go of the home inspection.
Nuh-uh… don’t even think about it! Your answer should be a big fat NO.
And you know why? Because if you don’t get a home inspection and later, big house repairs are revealed when you move in, you cannot blame the previous owner. This is a classic technique that homeowners use to dupe the buyers so that the house sale goes smoothly.
While they make off with the money, you are left with dozens of repairs that cost you a pretty penny. You might be living hand to mouth if you choose this route.
So, NO… you should never say no to a home inspection.
Let’s take a look at what a home inspection brings to the table:
A Way Out of the Deal
Let’s say that the house looks absolutely perfect from the outside. You take a tour of the inside and all looks well. You are about to place an offer when your Orlando realtor says that you should get a home inspection. When you get the inspection report, it discloses a couple of small repairs and two big repairs. Since you hadn’t made the offer final, you can get your deposit back.
It’s a Negotiating Tool
Now that the home inspection report has revealed the repairs, you have two choices ― renegotiate with the seller for covering the repairs or lower the house price further so that you can get them done yourself. You can also ask the seller to throw in incentives like warranties for the big appliances.
It Reveals the Deal Breakers
No matter how amazing and affordable the house is, there are a few repairs that you should not overlook. A few broken windows and a squeaky garage door are nothing in the grand scheme of things. However, a faulty plumbing system, a leaking roof and poor insulation are a big no. If the house inspection reveals these problems then start searching for a new house.
Reveals Any Illegal Construction
A home inspector has great knowledge about zoning. If a house structure has been constructed illegally, they will let you know. This will save you a lot of money in the future during insurance claims.
If you do get repairs renegotiated and the seller offers to fix them on their own, then don’t forget to get the repairs inspected when they are done. You never know if the seller has done shoddy or foolproof work.
Remember ― when touring a house; ask about the big features like plumbing, the HVAC system, roof etc. If you are planning to look into Orlando real estate, then visit the website Megan Dowdy Realty. For further information, call on 407-509-9279.