Concerns When Buying A Home: Structural Conditions

When looking at a home for the first time, you obviously want to pay attention to various construction elements. The qualified buyer’s agent should be knowledgeable about basic home construction, and be able to alert you to potential construction flaws and areas of concern. Although a buyer’s agent can perhaps alert you to a potential problem, you should only rely on the final opinion of a qualified professional appropriately skilled to evaluate potential construction or structural issues.

The most important service your buyer’s agent will do for you when evaluating the construction and condition of a home is to put you in contact with a qualified structural inspector to professionally inspect the home on your behalf. It will be that inspector’s subsequent report that you and your buyer’s broker will use to determine whether there are structural conditions that need to be addressed by the seller or lead you to (a) renegotiate the price or (b) simply move on.

Structural inspections involve the inspection and evaluation of all the building’s major systems. Most structural inspections do not include pest inspections, septic inspections or water and soil testing. These will often require other professionals to perform them. Most structural inspectors will arrange these additional inspections and test at your request. An ideal broker can help you find the appropriate inspectors.

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Note: The terms “buyer’s broker,” “buyer’s agent,” and “buyer representative” are used interchangeably on this site. All refer to a real estate professional who represents you—the buyer.

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