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What do I need to know about home inspections?

Home buyers in Rhode Island have a lot to contend with. Along with applying for a loan and bringing together all pertinent documents, buyers must also think about having a home inspection performed. This is an integral step in the real estate process, as an inspection reveals information about a property that would be hard to discover on sight alone. offers the following information on home inspections and why they’re so important.

Don’t sacrifice quality for price

While you definitely don’t want to pay too much for an inspection, choosing the least expensive option may come back to haunt you. Research is key in this case. Make sure an inspector has access to essential equipment, such as devices needed to test lead amounts in paint. You can also look at other inspectors to get a feel for average pricing.

Buyers should be present during the inspection

While a report of findings is certainly helpful, not being present for the inspection means you can’t ask questions. There could be some issues in need of clarification, or some of the findings may seem more serious than they actually are. Getting this information directly from the inspector is much easier than following up after the inspection has been completed.

Focus on the most pressing details

Some issues with a home shouldn’t be ignored. This includes problems with the heating and cooling system, roof damage, and structural issues. When significant problems are found the buyer should contact the seller to renegotiate the asking price. However, minor details don’t require the same level of attention, and many sellers are put off by requests to address seemingly unimportant details.


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