Archive for July, 2015

When To Skip the DIY Home Repair

Posted on: July 24th, 2015 | No Comments

Tools for home repair.When it comes to home repair, it can be difficult to decide between doing it yourself and hiring someone to get the job done. There are many cases when a DIY home repair makes sense, but when should you step back and leave it to the pros? Here are a few things to consider before taking on new projects around the house.

 

Questions to ask yourself before you decide to tackle a home repair yourself.

  • Do I understand the repair? First and foremost, it’s important to research the repair and gather all the information you can before you begin. Google and YouTube offer valuable information and can give you a good idea of what to expect. If you don’t feel 100% confident after learning more about the repair, we recommend not handling the repair on your own.
  • What’s my time worth? Saving money is always a great thing, but the time it takes for a DIY repair could outweigh the money that you save. Although it may be more costly, a quality repair technician will be able to complete the project in a fraction of the time.
  • What’s the worst case scenario? When assessing the home repair, take into account the worst case scenario if the repair were to go wrong. Is there a possibility for injury or damage to the home? These are things to keep in mind.

Projects to leave to a professional.

  • Electrical. Electrical projects can be dangerous and extensive. We recommend that you hire a licensed electrician for any home repairs involving electricity.
  • Plumbing. The occasional clogged toilet is bound to happen and can usually be fixed with a plunger. However, when you’ve got a basement full of water because of a burst pipe, that’s a different story. Don’t try to handle major plumbing repairs on your own. Even the smallest leak or a loose pipe can lead to thousands of dollars in damage.
  • Roofing. The unfortunate truth is that you will need a new roof at some point if you own a house long enough. If you are not skilled and knowledgeable, trying to repair or replace a roof by yourself can lead to a variety of problems. Your roof is one of the most important elements of your home, don’t cut corners with this home repair.

Before you take on a DIY home repair, it’s important to keep these suggestions in mind. Ultimately, if you are uncomfortable with a repair, we always recommend hiring a professional that can get the job done right. It’s important to get a home inspection before purchasing a new home so that you can understand all of the home repairs you will need to make. At Inspect-It 1st, we believe in providing thorough home inspection services with the utmost integrity. Contact us today to set up your home inspection!

 

Getting More out of a House Inspection

Posted on: July 10th, 2015 | No Comments

Technician performing house inspection.A house inspection can be the best move you make when shopping for a home. You’ve patiently shopped around for weeks, or even months, and you’re looking to make an offer on a new house. This is a critical point in the process where some people forget, or even opt out of a house inspection because everything looks fine on the surface. But the truth is that even new construction homes should always receive a thorough house inspection. Here are a few tips to get the most out of your next house inspection.

  1. Give the home a thorough look for yourself. Once you’ve had a chance to walk through the home, it’s a good idea to take a step back and look past the bells and whistles. This should be done before you make an offer on the house. Turn on the lights, flush the toilets, look at the appliances, and even walk around the outside of the home and look for cracks in the foundation. If you notice several issues as you walk around the home, then that should raise a red flag. A little inspection on your own may be all that it takes to notice a few major issues and save you some money by walking away.
  2. Choose the right inspector. When it’s time for your house inspection, do some research to find the right inspector. Choose a licensed company that has an outstanding reputation for offering thorough, honest services to ensure that you are getting the best value. Although your friends or family members may be knowledgeable, we strongly encourage you to find a professional who can provide an honest, unbiased assessment of the property.
  3. Attend the house inspection. We’re not expecting you to take notes on every inspection detail; that’s what the inspection report is for. However, we do encourage you to attend the house inspection so that your inspector can answer any questions you may have.
  4. Make a list of repairs. An honest and complete house inspection will likely shine a light on a handful of needed repairs. Some repairs may be large while others may be small DIY projects. Regardless, make a list of all the repairs, along with estimated costs to help determine if you can afford them.
  5. Always make your offer contingent on a house inspection, and don’t be afraid to walk away if the issues are too complicated and costly. Too often, home buyers fall in love with a home and choose to go through with a purchase, even after their house inspection shows major issues with the property. Don’t be afraid to walk away if major issues, such as a cracked foundation, are brought to your attention during the inspection.
  6. Get creative with negotiations. Once you have your house inspection report, you have a chance to counter offer your original offer on the house. Take this opportunity to negotiate repairs that need to be done to the home. Often the seller will be willing to either make the repairs or lower the selling price of the home to balance out the cost of repairs.

A house inspection is arguably the most important step of the buying process. Once you find your next dream home, get in touch with your local Inspect-It 1st location. We will provide you with an honest and thorough house inspection so that you can better understand everything about the home before your purchase. Buying a house is a big step! You can trust Inspect-It 1st to help you take that step with the highest standard of professionalism in the business.

Our home inspection company's history began in 1991 with the establishment of American Home Inspection. Over the course of the following seven years, a home inspection business prototype was developed that could be implemented anywhere in the United States. Our founders believed they had a unique methodology of providing homebuyers and sellers with consistent, professional and unbiased home inspections.

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