Step 7: Perform Due Dilligence

Know what to expect during the inspection process

Just because you love a particular property doesn't mean that it's perfect. In fact, this is where reason has to trump emotion. And you'll have help here, too. You'll need to have a property inspection (which we highly recommend you attend) that will hopefully expose all the issues a home might hide. This way you'll know exactly what you are getting into before you sign closing papers. Your main concern is the possibility of structural damage. This can come from water damage, shifting ground, or poor construction when the house was built. And remember, don't sweat the small stuff. It's the inspector's job to mark everything discovered, no matter how large or small. Things that are easily fixed can be overlooked. In case you have a big problem show up in your inspection report, you should bring in a specialist. And if the worst-case scenario turns out to be true, you might want to walk away from the purchase. Again, this is your home, so work with your agent and make the best

decision for you. And remember, if your home passes inspection with flying colors, you'll still need to buy a homeowner's insurance policy to protect against loss or damage to the property itself and against liability in case someone sustains an injury while on your property.

Okay, it can get admittedly confusing here. So look to us to guide you and represent your interest at every step of the way. Keep in mind, the right price to offer should reflect the fair market value of the home you want to buy. Our market research will help guide you on what is a fair price to offer to obtain best sales price for you.