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Why You Should Get a Real Estate Inspection When Buying a House



Buying a house is a big investment, and it's important to make sure you're getting the home of your dreams. For those buying a home in Tulsa and surrounding Oklahoma areas, a home inspection is an important part of the home buying process, and it can help you protect yourself from hidden problems, make an informed decision about buying the house, and avoid costly repairs in the future. A qualified real estate agent will always recommend having a qualified home inspector conduct an inspection during the time period outlined in the purchase contract.


WHAT IS A HOME INSPECTION?

A home inspection is a visual examination of the home's major structure, systems, and components that are visible and safely accessible. Home inspectors are trained to look for potential defects that may or may not be obvious to the average buyer. The home inspection process typically includes:

  • A visual inspection of the home's exterior, including the roof, siding, gutters, and foundation.

  • A walk-through inspection of the home's interior, including the floors, walls, ceilings, windows, doors, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems.

  • An inspection of the home's basement, crawl-space and attic, if applicable.


WHY YOU NEED AN INSPECTION

Reasons anyone buying a home should get a home inspection include:

  • To protect yourself from hidden problems. A home inspection can help you identify any hidden problems with the house, such as structural damage, mold, or pests. This information can be invaluable in negotiating a lower purchase price or getting the seller to make repairs before closing.

  • To make an informed decision about buying the house. A home inspection can give you a better understanding of the condition of the house and its overall value. This information can help you decide whether or not the house is right for you and whether or not you're getting a fair price.

  • To avoid costly repairs in the future. A home inspection can identify any potential problems with the house that could lead to costly repairs in the future. This information can help you budget for future repairs and avoid being blindsided by unexpected expenses.

TIPS FOR GETTING A HOME INSPECTION

  • Consult with your real estate agent. Many agents will have a list of inspectors they have used in the past and their experiences with each inspector.

  • Choose an inspector who is licensed and insured. This will protect you in case the inspector makes a mistake and causes damage to the house.

  • Be present for the inspection. This will allow you to ask questions and learn more about the condition of the house.

  • Read the inspection report carefully. The report will detail the inspector's findings, including any problems with the house.

  • Negotiate with the seller. If the inspection reveals any problems, you may be able to negotiate with the seller to lower the purchase price or get them to make repairs before closing.

A home inspection is an important part of the home buying process. It can help you protect yourself from hidden problems, make an informed decision about buying the house, and avoid costly repairs in the future. If you have questions about buying or selling a home or have questions about real estate inspections, call or text Jason Holt.


As a Broker-Associate, Jason Holt is a full-service real estate agent with Chinowth & Cohen REALTORS in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jason is dedicated to buyers and sellers of residential, ranch, and land listings in Tulsa, Muskogee, McIntosh, Wagoner, and surrounding Oklahoma counties. He is also passionate about helping all first responders and military members navigate the real estate process. If you're looking for a REALTOR you can trust to help you through any real estate transaction, contact Jason at 918.995.0534.



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