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Home Inspections: Don’t Make These Mistakes

Home Inspections: Don’t Make These Mistakes

Buying a home involves many different processes, one of which is closing on a home, and getting your potential new abode inspected. Although an inspection doesn’t seem like something that could affect you much during the home buying process, making mistakes during this process can cost you big bucks a few years down the road.

Why? A home inspection that points out the major defects in a home can be used to reduce the price of a home or make the seller fix the problems before selling the house to you, the buyer. If a home inspector misses a major defect on the inspection or you don’t follow through with getting the problems in the home fixed, it could cost you thousands of dollars of your own money getting the defects repaired or replaced down the line.

You can save yourself stress and money by making sure you don’t make these mistakes:

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Not Getting a Home Inspection

Depending on your mortgage lender, you may not be required to get a home inspection. Purchasing a home without a home inspection isn’t illegal, but it’s not recommended. No matter what home you’re buying, how old it is or how many times it’s been remodeled, you should get a home inspection. If you don’t, you won’t know what state the home’s systems and appliances are in, and you won’t be able to discount the price of the home or plan for possible break downs and repairs.

Not Hiring the Right Inspector

Hire an Inspector Who Will be Neutral

An inspector is one of the only people in a real estate transaction that isn’t paid based on how much the home sells for, so you should hire someone who will give you a neutral point of view when looking at the state of the home. A home inspector who has been recommended by a realtor is probably trustworthy, but they could be glazing over real problems in their reports to keep the home at a certain price. For this same reason, you should never have the seller hire and pay the home inspector. There are just too many ethical barriers that could be broken.

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Hire an Inspector Who Meets Certain Qualifications

Unfortunately, there aren’t laws in every state regarding home inspections and the qualifications that an individual needs t become a home inspector. According to The National Association of Home Inspectors, 15 states do not have any legislation about home inspections. You should hire someone is a part of a home inspector group that has specific ethical guidelines they follow. You should also see if the inspector has errors and omissions insurance so in case they miss something, you won’t have your hands tied.

Hire an Inspector Who Will Look into Every Part of the Home

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Much like the lack of legislation on who can be an inspector, only half of the states in the US have specific rules on what should be inspected and what shouldn’t during a home inspection. Make sure you hire someone who will look into all of the parts of a home you want them to inspect. Don’t be afraid to ask them for a sample report to see what types of things they normally check.

Getting Work Done by the Inspector You Hired

Although most inspectors are trustworthy individuals, you’ll want to make sure that you don’t hire the same inspector to repair the problems they find in your future home. This can also cause ethical problems. In fact, inspectors who are a part of the American Society of Home Inspectors aren’t allowed to repair, replace or upgrade any of the systems they inspect for a year after inspection.

Not Attending the Inspection

Another mistake that you could make is not attending the home inspection. By attending the home inspection you’ll be able to see the problems as the inspector finds them, and learn more about the inner workings of your future home. 

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Not Following Up on the Inspection

When you receive the inspection report, you should read it thoroughly and go through it with your realtor. This is when you should follow up on the report. First, hire multiple inspectors that have areas of expertise on the specific systems in the home that have defects. These experts can help you know what kind of problems you’re looking at if you buy the home and how much money you’re going to spend fixing them. Then, take this information to negotiations with the seller to see if the seller wants to fix the defects or lower the price of the home so you can foot the bill.

By avoiding these mistakes, you will end up with a home that’s in better shape, and you will have more money in your pocket. Plus, with a home inspection, the home warranty that may have come on your home will be even more useful. Home warranties can use the home inspection report to see what the state of the home was in when it was purchased, and a home warranty can help you repair or replace your failed systems and appliances for a deductible between $50 and $100.

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    Featured photo credit: Landmark Home Warranty via landmarkhw.com

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    Last Updated on January 21, 2020

    The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

    The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

    Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

    your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

      Why You Need a Vision

      Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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      How to Create Your Life Vision

      Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

      What Do You Want?

      The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

      It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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      Some tips to guide you:

      • Remember to ask why you want certain things
      • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
      • Give yourself permission to dream.
      • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
      • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

      Some questions to start your exploration:

      • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
      • What would you like to have more of in your life?
      • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
      • What are your secret passions and dreams?
      • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
      • What do you want your relationships to be like?
      • What qualities would you like to develop?
      • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
      • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
      • What would you most like to accomplish?
      • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

      It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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      What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

      Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

      A few prompts to get you started:

      • What will you have accomplished already?
      • How will you feel about yourself?
      • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
      • What does your ideal day look like?
      • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
      • What would you be doing?
      • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
      • How are you dressed?
      • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
      • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
      • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

      It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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      Plan Backwards

      It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

      • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
      • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
      • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
      • What important actions would you have had to take?
      • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
      • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
      • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
      • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
      • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

      Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

      It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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