Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Home inspection can help you sleep
If you are sticking your foot in the treacherous housing ocean, a home inspection will prevent a costly mistake.
Personally, I live in dread of stuff in this pathetic hut finking out on me. No money for handymen…
Ellen James Martin, AZ Republic, July 31, 2011, says other people are working more and more (those 2-3 jobs) and don’t have time to fix things, even if they know how.
Before you buy, find a WELL-RECOMMENDED inspector. Go to the American Society of Home Inspectors (www.ashi,org), not your brother-in-law.
Look for 3-5 years of experience. Talk to past clients.
In a house, look for easy flooring or carpet. Those fabulous hardwood floors can be hard to maintain.
Avoid a large yard if you are busy. OMG—getting things done in my small yard is the bane for me!
A new build has less problems—you may get years of pain-free living before things go south.
But even then—check out the builder.
Also—those maintenance contracts can be a good deal. You pay $40 a whack—plus $500 or so a year—but that can save you.
Or it might not.
It’s all a big crapshoot with a roof, if you ask me.