The home inspection is a necessary, and much misunderstood, step in the purchase of a home. Many consumers are misguided in their beliefs about the service.
You call a Green Certified Real Estate Agent, a GCREP and say, what can I do to help my home sell in a year or so? They come by, recommend you replace all light bulbs with compact fluorescent or LED products that are much more efficient and paint with non toxic paint, add healthy and efficient insulation. Aren’t these suggestions a bit different than the normal advice. They also have that certification 6,000 have across the country.
As I do my home inspector Palm Springs CA with my company, Habitation Investigation LLC, I see lots of things. The quality of work I came across the other day while doing a home inspection is a good example of “non standard” repair, to put it nicely. It is packing tape used to join the waste/drain line.
Real Estate Agent – A real estate agent is supposed to give you names, plural, of home inspection businesses in the area that are licensed and insured. You may not necessarily want to use a home inspector the real estate agent recommended because they usually recommend the ones that will help get the deal done. Take the names of the home inspectors as a starting point in choosing a home inspector.
Take an inventory of your home chemicals and get rid of all toxic substances. Begin buying and using “green” products. There are a couple of direct marketing lines and several grocery store lines to choose from.
Many homes in ads or on the internet have already been sold. Even the public MLS system can be a few days out of date. The best thing to do is to talk to your REALTOR. REALTORS have access to information not available to the public. They will be able to let you know what’s available, and what listings are off the market. Even more, many REALTORS know sellers who want to sell, but haven’t listed their house. One of these houses might just be the one you’re looking for.
Even if you are buying an “as-is” home, you should still have a home inspection. “As-is” simply means that the seller will not make any repairs, upgrades or improvements to the home. There is usually no obligation by the seller to make any repairs for conditions found in the home inspection. It simply lets you know what you’ll need to do once you own the home.