hoj. Uncategorized. September 07th , 2017.
If you are looking at homes in the Brooklyn area it can be a sometimes confusing process. Once you locate a home that you absolutely adore, then it is time to get serious, but before you get too serious you need to have a pre purchase home inspection conducted. No one wants to buy a home only to find out later that the home is ready to fall apart and is now going to be impossible to sell or is going to put you in financial ruins to get it repaired. Often people confuse the pre purchase home inspection with something similar to an insurance policy against future problems or needed repair and may even wonder why they should proceed with one if it isn't. No home inspector will be able to read the future and predict what could come up in future years. Plus you do have to consider that purchasing any home does come with some risk but no, the inspection does not give you any insurance or warranty but what it does give you is an evaluation of the house in its present condition so that you can make a wise buying decision.
For example, there was this couple who wanted to make their first home purchase. After countless calls from the realtor sending them on numerous leads they finally came across a Brooklyn home that was "the house." It had extreme possibilities, especially located in the Brooklyn area. There was a basement that needed some work but had a full bathroom and had a lot of possibilities. When the inspector arrived, he almost immediately noticed that there was a crack in the basement wall. After further evaluation it was determined that the crack was being caused from outside tree roots, even worse the trees were not located on the city side of the sidewalk but rather on the homeowner side. Anxiously, the couple awaited what the inspector had to say only to find out that obviously the tree roots would continue to get bigger which would result in more cracks in the basement wall eventually affecting the entire foundation of the house. The trees would have to be removed almost immediately, which would be a very large expense for this couple, especially after depleting all of their savings to purchase the house. This forced the couple to opt out from buying that particular house. However, they would have never even noticed that small crack in the basement wall if they had not hired an inspector to conduct a pre purchase home inspection.
The best time to call on the inspector is after you have made an accepted offer on the house but before you sign the contract, which can not be understated! If you are running short on time then have an attorney include an inspection clause in your contract making your purchase obligation contingent upon the findings of a professional home inspection. This is all in your best interest for protection against anything that might be wrong with the house. Wouldn't you rather know now than before it's too late?
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