Many people make purchases based on emotions instead of facts and logic, like my wife. Unfortunately this is true whether they’re buying a new pair of shoes or a home. Emotional purchases in the housing market often lead to very expensive repairs that could have been avoided had the buyers taken the time to request a professional home inspection before signing any paperwork.
Don’t Buy Property with Your Heart
We’ve all seen the ads – a young couple sees a house and immediately falls in love with it and contacts a real estate agent to sign the paperwork. Of course in the ad, the couple lives there happily ever after, and has the perfect life free of all worries. What you don’t see in those ads are termites, water damage, broken pipes, or a plethora of other potential problems with the home.
The number of people who purchase a home after spending a total of fifteen minutes touring it on their own or with a real estate agent is astounding. It’s shocking really, that hundreds of people per day purchase a home without doing any real research about the type of water it has, if it is structurally sound, or whether it maintains an affordable energy bill year-round.
Approaching the Purchase
Education and information will help you make an informed purchase every time. Would you purchase a used car from a car lot without asking about mileage or potential problems? Probably not. The same approach should be taken when purchasing a home. Don’t spend fifteen or twenty minutes looking at it, then immediately agree to purchase it. Approach purchasing a home with the same caution you would use in purchasing a used car. Most people won’t purchase a car without first seeing the Carfax report. A home inspection report is much the same.
Use the home inspection report to help determine whether you should purchase the home. You may love it on the outside and love the layout, but what if there are serious damages waiting to make their appearance known?
Buy with Your Head
Knowledge is power, and there is absolutely no reason you should purchase a home without knowing that you’re making the right choice. A home inspector will often catch things that you don’t even know to look for. Sometimes we even catch very obvious things that buyers miss simply because they’re looking with their heart, not their head.
If you’re planning to buy a home in the Phoenix, AZ area, give me a call. I’ll help make sure you’re getting the home you want instead of a big pile of problems waiting to happen. I can’t predict the future of course, but I can help you protect the present.