Home Inspection Mistakes

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Buying a home?
Here are 5 inspection mistakes to avoid!
You may already be stressed about spending money, but the cost of a home inspection is priceless compared to the peace of mind that comes with uncovering any potential issues. With a good inspection report in hand, you are prepared to make critical decisions going forward. Whether it brings to light simple or complex problems, the cost of the inspection is a small price to pay!
Not Getting a Home Inspection
Buyers should be present during the inspection; this way you can observe the inspector, ask direct questions, and fully understand the condition of the home you are considering purchasing. It is also important to gain knowledge of how to operate and maintain the home's systems. In short, give your inspector some space to do a thorough job, but also ask questions when the time is right. This is your opportunity to learn about your new home!
Not Attending the Inspection
This is not the time to get hung up on a leaky faucet or faulty light fixture. All homes have maintenance problems, many of which can be quickly and inexpensively repaired! Keep the inspection issues in perspective and consider the overall condition of the property. Focus your energy on the larger issues, and discuss those in depth with your inspector and your buyer's agent, even calling in more specialized inspectors or contractors for a second opinion.
Sweating the Small Stuff
Let's be honest, it's all about the money! Even if your inspection turns up a major issue, the seller may be willing to come down substantially in the price. So don't be too quick to run away from the deal. Contractors can help determine how much certain repairs may cost, and your  buyer's agent will negotiate on your behalf.
Refusing to Negotiate
Even a great inspection might not turn up everything that may go wrong with your home in the future. But throughout the process you will become very educated about your new home and be more prepared for most of the issues that might arise. A good home insurance policy is your next layer of protection!
Assuming Nothing Will Go Wrong
The only real mistake we make is the one from which we learn nothing.                                                           - John Powell