Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Evanston Home Inspection Tips!

Low mortgage interest rates and affordable home prices make buying an Evanston home a feasible goal. Not every home is a bargain, however. The economy has caused a few North Shore properties to have “deferred maintenance.”  In other words, the normal upkeep on a home may have been put off for awhile.

A qualified home inspector can help you discover issues that might otherwise escape your notice.

Evanston home sellers can use a property inspection to nip any potential issues in the bud. Evanston home buyers appreciate the peace of mind and open disclosure that a home inspection can provide.

The National Association of Home Inspectors provides uniform guidance and a code of ethics for the home inspection industry. By pledging to adhere to NAHI standards, a home inspector offers an added level of professionalism to their credentials. 

When selecting a home inspector, first determine if he or she is licensed in the State of Illinois. Verify if your inspector is a member of NAHI or belongs to a local State affiliation. You should also verify if the home inspector has any outstanding complaints against them on file with the Better Business Bureau. 

Keep in mind that a home inspection is a visual, non-invasive inspection of the property. Here are the general areas they examine:  
  • Grading/Site                                                               
  • Exterior
  • Roofing
  • Structure
  • Foundation
  • Heating
  • Cooling
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
Home inspectors may offer additional services, such as checking for termites, lead-based paint, radon gas or asbestos. Ask about these areas and any additional costs when arranging your home inspection.

To get the most from the inspection, you should plan to be present and take notes. Don’t be shy about asking questions! Be sure to thoroughly read the inspection report when it’s completed. As an Evanston home seller, this information could play a role in how you price your home for the market. As a North Shore home buyer, it could give you points of negotiation.

As your Evanston Real Estate agents, we put our experience to work for you, to make buying or selling your North Shore home a smooth process. Our knowledge of the Evanston Real Estate market makes the difference! Contact us today for all your real estate needs.
The Thomas Team
@ Properties
Chicago's #1 Real Estate Brokerage


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