West Wareham, MA (PRWEB) April 13, 2015
With close to 25 years experience providing ventilation solutions for new and existing homes, Tamarack Technologies (http://www.Tamtech.com) has seen many dreams dashed when homeowners move into their new home only to find structural or mechanical problems. Tamarack CEO Tom Colasanto decided to do something about it by offering – in his words -- “some practical advice to help consumers make informed choices before buying a home.
“Often, a house is the biggest investment a couple will make in their lifetime. Buying a house is a complicated process frequently involving emotional decision-making. Our advice should help them focus on some of the most important things to look for before buying a home, and make the buying process more objective,” Colasanto said.
Start with an independent home inspection.
“Your real estate agent has narrowed down house choices -- based on criteria you’ve provided -- to a manageable three or four. You’ve looked at each one with a critical eye and found the perfect house at an affordable price. You’ve been pre-approved for a mortgage and about to make an offer based on the information presented by your realtor -- who seems to have done plenty of homework -- as well as declarations by the homeowner. Things couldn’t be going any better but what now? After executing a purchase and sale offer with language protecting your interests, it’s time to bring in an independent, qualified, professional home inspector to thoroughly examine the ‘bones’ and ‘mechanicals’ of the house. If there are unseen problems that need to be addressed, these types of expenses will add enormous expense at a time when new buyers are least likely to be able to afford them,” Colasanto said.
“It’s important to note that this inspection is not the one your bank will require later. This first inspection is for your peace of mind,” he added.
What to look for when hiring a home inspector
“First things to look for are: experience, licensing, background (i.e. very helpful if they’re a former plumber and/or electrician), and character. This is the one person with no stake in the transaction so you’ll get the most objective feedback from him or her.
“Your real estate agent should be able to help you find someone, but remember, agents have a vested interest in moving this process forward. Ask for two or three names and interview them yourself. Always ask for references, and don’t settle for the least expensive candidate. He or she could cost you a lot more in the long run by not being thorough enough. Your interview and their references should help you discover who is experienced, thorough and professional at a price you can afford. Prices for this service vary in different parts of the country but generally will range from $300 to $500,” Colasanto explained.
“The detailed report you’ll receive from this inspection will help you
make important decisions going forward. You may ask your realtor to go back to the homeowner for an adjustment if, for example, you’re told the ‘relatively new’ hot water heater needs replacing in the next year or two,” he added.
“Home inspections are important, but there are other action steps to take after you receive the inspection report such as following up on ‘trouble spots’ with your agent; deciding what situations are ‘deal breakers’; setting up a list of final walk through items that have been agreed to by the seller, etc. We offer additional free written information about the next steps homeowners should take simply by calling our customer service representatives toll free at (800)222-5932,” Colasanto concluded. “We’ve seen enough rough patches in home purchases to know how important it is to be an educated consumer and we’re pleased to be able to help."