Buying a house for the very first time is probably one of the most exciting things you will do in your life. Whether you’re buying for just yourself, you and a spouse or a whole large family, the joy of home ownership is hard to top.
However, if you’re coming from an apartment or condominium, there are also a whole lot of responsibilities you’ve never had before. After all, you probably always had somebody else to handle things like your plumbing, central air and heating and even your home security.
As a new homeowner, those issues are going to fall on you now. While they can certainly seem overwhelming at first, most people get a grasp on them pretty quickly. Use this guide when you first move into a new home to make sure you don’t miss anything important.
Get an Inspection
It goes without saying really, but many excited homeowners simply rely on the inspection provided to them by the seller or real estate company in charge of the house. While their evaluation and inspection was probably accurate, there’s no reason you shouldn’t conduct your own.
Getting your own inspection done will ensure that you pay a fair amount for the house you’re looking to buy. If plumbing needs repair, that cost can be knocked off the sale price. If new roofing is necessary, the owner can do that before you take possession.
Going without a third-party inspection could cost you thousands of dollars in the long run, so don’t make that simple mistake.
Hire Certified Inspectors
When you’re hiring an inspector for your home, you might think that they’re all pretty much the same. The fact is that some home inspection companies aren’t equipped to deal with things like asbestos and radon removal, both of which are serious concerns for any new homeowner.
Make sure you ask any inspector if they can handle these problems if they come up, or if they have somebody who will do the work for them. You don’t want to have to hire somebody else to handle one of your problems once you already have an inspector in your house.
There are quite a few companies that can handle issue from start to finish, so find one when you’re buying a new house. You’ll save money and reduce the stress of finding two different companies.