Do you want to live in a small town or city that has been voted one of the best places to raise children? Where the people that live there have a high opinion of the quality of their town that extends not just to their community services but also to their homes and buildings? Keep in mind though, that no matter how perfect a town ranks, you should never buy a home sight unseen without enlisting the services of a home inspector. A local real estate agent or even contractor will be happy to hook you up with a local inspection company who can do the inspection for you. Here are some things to remember when arranging for a home inspection.

Make it a Condition

Any savvy home buyer will tell you that if you want to make sure a home inspection gets done on the home you want to buy, you need to make it a condition of your offer. In other words, you need to have something legal backing you up in case the home owner refuses to allow the inspection or wants to hire their own inspector rather than yours. Making the inspection a condition of the offer also gives you a loophole through which you can back out of the deal if the inspection turns up big problems. For example, if you suspect water damage has caused mold behind the walls and you want an assessment company like to complete an inspection, you should be able to do so with no interference from the seller.

Cheaper is Not Better

We have a tendency to search for and buy the cheapest version of everything, but this is not a good idea when it comes to hiring a home inspector. Some inspectors will work for a flat rate of less than $200 but you have to expect when you hire someone like this that their work will not be as thorough as a more expensive inspector. Regular rates for a home inspection by a trained professional who is a member of a home inspector's association are around $700.

Budget for Repairs

Any time you buy a home that's not brand new, you should recognize that there will be at least a few problems and budget money to pay for them accordingly. The home inspection will tell you approximately what the necessary repairs will cost. You can either use this to determine if you can afford the house in the long run or take the figures to the seller and try to use them to negotiate a price reduction on the home. Sometimes homeowners will even take care of the repairs themselves. There may be some repairs that can wait until you've saved up, but be sure you know which are unsafe to leave and which are safe.

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