by Edward Thorby | 11:14 pm

Thinking of buying a house in Denver? Aside from considering your budget and requirements, you have to set aside a time to do an in-depth inspection of the property you intend to buy. A lot of home buyers thinks that just because the house looks new, it is free from major structural repairs and busted home fixtures. They often fail to see the minor details that signify major problems in the future.

You can avoid this mistake by taking the extra steps to inspect the property with the help of professionals. Here are necessary checks to perform to ensure that the property you are eyeing is a good buy.

Pest Inspection

It is not easy to spot pest infestation signs, such as those from termites, on a perfectly set up house for sale. Termites are highly destructive pests that could turn your home investment to shambles.

You should contract a professional pest control service, such as Pest Control Denver CO, to do a comprehensive inspection of the property before you decide to purchase it. They have the training and expertise to spot the significant signs of pests that you may have overlooked.

Building Inspection

A licensed builder, architect or surveyor are qualified to conduct a building inspection on the property you want to buy. While you can do it yourself, the professionals know what exactly to look for to find structural faults on the property.

A typical building inspector will examine all parts of the property such as the interior and exterior of the building, roof area, and floor space. They will also check the garage, laundry and toilet area, fencing, surface drainage, and pathways.

The inspector will inform you about the significant defects and safety hazards that they observed on the property. They will also advise you on the scale of repairs that you need to take on should you decide to buy the property.

Dilapidation Survey

If you are planning to renovate a property, you should consider contracting a surveying company to conduct a Dilapidation Survey. This survey is an exhaustive recording of the condition of the building, from the structure down to the minor wear and tear observed. The Dilapidation Survey report will include risk assessment, budget, and photographs to aid you in deciding if the property is worth the trouble.

Typically, the inspection takes place once you have already agreed to buy the property. However, it will be worth asking the seller for pre-inspection before you make any final commitment.

A property that did not pass your inspection does not mean that you should discard the option right away. In fact, you can use the defects you found on the property as a bargaining tool to negotiate a discount. You can also require the seller to repair the damages noted before you agree to buy the property.

Buying a house is an investment. As in any investment, you need to be wise and plan to get the most value from your investment. The inspection may seem like an added cost, but it is actually saving you from the trouble and unnecessary expense in buying a problematic property.

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