The Importance of Inspections
Whether buying or selling, it is prudent to conduct a professional inspection. The inspector will assess the residence or commercial property from top to bottom–from the foundation to the roof and everywhere in between–to help you make an informed decision.
Identifying areas of improvement
The inspector will review all critical systems, from major systems such as plumbing, air conditioning, and wiring, down to the fuse box, light switches, plugs, and appliances. The seller is required to fix any major violations, such as unsafe wiring, prior to closing. Minor imperfections, such as cracking paint or exposed drywall, can be used by the buyer as a bargaining chip in negotiations.
Addressing structural problems
Most often, inspections reveal relatively minor problems that can be fixed prior to sale or deducted from the asking price. At times, however, major structural difficulties are unearthed. These may include shifting or crumbling foundations. In these instances, buyer and seller may split the cost of a structural engineer to assess the problem more fully and make recommendations for repair.
At several hundred dollars, the cost of a home inspection is a small price to pay for one of life’s biggest investments.
An eye for detail
The professionals at Bradford Real Estate consider each and every property we encounter with a critical eye. Whether as buyer’s or seller’s agent, we assess cosmetic features and major systems and make recommendations to protect your interests. We also are skilled negotiators who know how to gain an advantage for our clients.