What does a Doctor & A House Inspector have in Common?
I know there are far better places to be than going to the doctor for a check up. I don’t know about you but I hate it when I get the call. It is just the idea of knowing what he does when he goes through his routine of prodding and poking. When he sits down at his desk for his diagnosis and pens out half a novel without saying a word, I sit there wondering as I gaze at him across his desk and think there must be a huge amount wrong with me this time.
At this point he will usually leave you in suspense as he writes out his thesis. When I stare at him across his big desk I can imagine what he is going to tell me. It will be something along the lines of “You should be taking better care of yourself, get out and do some more excercise and you need to start eating healthy food.”
You can probably by now see some of the likeness between the two professions. Both doctor and property inspector are trying find any defects and or anything wrong that could potentially be hazardess to the health and safety of you and your family. Of course I would like to point out that we don’t wear rubber gloves, we print our reports and don’t tell you to get more excercise.
Like doctors we are just doing our jobs so we can provide peace of mind knowing that one of your most important assets is not at risk. It is best to maintain the property and do regular checks on the condition to avoid a big long set of tasks later on.
When you find that house that you have been looking for, it is a worthwhile cause to get it checked by a professional to pick up any defects that you or anybody else may have missed. Pre purchase inspections can be very handy when you have missed something that could save you a fortune later on.
If your inspecting the property yourself make sure you have a checklist of all the main areas, starting by breaking them down for example interior and exterior and then their individual components. Make sure, only if you’re confident, to check the plumbing and the electrical. If you are not, then you can just check things like the taps and light switches to see if their are any abnormalities. It is advisable even if you do have experience in this area to get a professional in. just to make sure you have that a second opinion.
There may be some defects that you have noticed. You can at this point ask your agent if they have been factored into the price. If they haven’t, you can always try negotiating with the owner to have them rectified. In most cases these would have been picked up by the agent i he is worth his salt.
If you don’t feel confident in certain areas for example under the floor or in the roof. Again I would suggest you get a professional opinion, it will give you peace of mind knowing you can always fall back on in the future if anything arises.