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Don Halligan
InterNACHI Certified Professional Inspector

515-576-5327 Office

515-227-9124 Cell

Proudly Serving Fort Dodge and Surrounding Areas

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What you as a homebuyer can expect in a home inspection

A Comprehensive Home Inspection is the examination of every component of the house according to our Standard of Practice. Producing  a report covering the findings with a straight forward description. A typical inspection lasts 2.5 to 4 hours and I encourage the homebuyer to be present during the inspection. This allows you to get a firsthand explanation of the findings and ask questions. Also, problems I discover will make more sense in person instead of relying solely on the report. If you cannot be present for the entire inspection being present at the end of the inspection to go over any findings is recommended.

Let me as a professional help you, a home inspection will cost you a little bit of time and money. In the long run you’ll be glad you did it. I reveal problems that you may not have recognized and the current owners may not have been aware of. This allows the owner to repair them or pay you for the expected cost of the repairs, saving you time and money. If you are a first-time homebuyer, an inspection gives you a crash course in home maintenance, providing a checklist of items that need attention. Enabling you to make your new home as safe and sound as possible. Don’t skip this important step in the home-buying process – it’s worth every penny.

Costly Mistake #1: Thinking you can't afford it.

Many people who thought that buying the home they wanted was simply out of their reach are now enjoying a new lifestyle in their very own homes.

Buying a home is the smartest financial decision you will ever make. In fact, most homeowners would be broke at retirement if it wasn’t for one saving grace — the equity in their homes. Furthermore, tax allowances favor home ownership.

Real estate values have always risen steadily. Of course, there are peaks and valleys, but the long-term trend is a consistent increase. This means that every month when you make a mortgage payment, the amount that you owe on the home goes down and the value typically increases. This “owe less, worth more” situation is called equity build-up and is the reason you can’t afford not to buy.

Even if you have little money for a down payment or credit problems, chances are that you can still buy that new home. It just comes down to knowing the right strategies, and working with the right people.

Costly Mistake #2: Not hiring a buyer's agent to represent you.

Buying property is a complex and stressful task. In fact, it is often the biggest, single investment you will make in your lifetime. At the same time, real estate transactions have become increasingly complicated. New technology, laws, procedures, and competition from other buyers require buyer agents to perform at an ever-increasing level of competence and professionalism. In addition, making the wrong decisions can end up costing you thousands of dollars. It doesn’t have to be this way!

Work with a buyer’s agent who has a keen understanding of the real estate business and the local market. A buyer’s agent has a fiduciary duty to you. That means that he or she is loyal only to you and is obligated to look out for your best interests. A buyer’s agent can help you find the best home, the best lender, and the best home inspector in your area. That inspector should be an InterNACHI-certified home inspector because InterNACHI inspectors are the most qualified and best-trained inspectors in the world.

Trying to buy a home without an agent or a qualified inspector is, well… unthinkable.

Costly Mistake #3: Getting a cheap inspection.

Buying a home is probably the most expensive purchase you will ever make. This is no time to shop for a cheap inspection. The cost of a home inspection is small relative to the value of the home being inspected. The additional cost of hiring a certified inspector is almost insignificant by comparison. As a home buyer, you have recently been crunching the numbers, negotiating offers, adding up closing costs, shopping for mortgages, and trying to get the best deals. Don’t stop now! Don’t let your real estate agent, a “patty-cake” inspector, or anyone else talk you into skimping here.

InterNACHI front-ends its membership requirements. InterNACHI turns down more than half the inspectors who want to join because they can’t fulfill the membership requirements.

InterNACHI-certified inspectors perform the best inspections, by far. InterNACHI-certified inspectors earn their fees many times over. They do more, they deserve more and — yes — they generally charge a little more. Do yourself a favor…and pay a little more for the quality inspection you deserve.