Claudia Lefebvre

Avoid a Horror Story: Get Your Dream Home a Pre-Purchase Inspection

Have you ever watched the movie Money Pit? In this sour comedy, a young couple buys a house in the outskirts of New York City for an unbelievably low price. Soon after they move in, the property starts falling apart, literarily.

As the popular saying goes “When it is too good to be true, it probably is.”

This is why I recommend that you do not turn your back on the small details that can soon become a HUGE NIGHTMARE. Don’t break the bank, be proactive and get your future home inspected by a reputable professional.

For the average citizen, a small crack in the ceiling may appear as an easy fix. Beware; this can be an indication that the roof needs to be changed. Don’t get overwhelmed by your dream house’s hidden defects. Even if the law covers buyers with the warranty against latent defects, this could lead you into a lengthy legal dispute with the sellers. Avoid all this unnecessary trouble. Get an inspection before you decide to purchase your new home!

This also goes for condos, even new ones. Construction flaws, plumbing not properly installed, and other hazards can happen. You are better off paying a small fee for your peace of mind that to get into these pricey, extensive repairs afterwards.

A professional home inspector will conduct a visual inspection of your future property from the basement to the attic and will pay special attention to:

• Plumbing
• Insulation
• Ventilation
• Electrical system
• Roof
• Structure
• Exterior
• Railing on stairs and decks
• Heating and air conditioning
• Termites, asbestos, and radon

Now, you must be wondering just how much a home inspection cost. Well, it depends on a number of factors including the property type, size and location. The average cost ranges from $800 to more than $1,200.

If you need assistance in finding a trustworthy home inspector, please feel free to contact me and I will be glad to recommend professionals in your area.

All my best,
Claudia Lefebvre
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