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Have house inspected before buying
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f you’re in the market for a new home this spring, make sure to know what you’re buying.
Getting your potential home examined top to bottom by licensed home inspector Corey Stuart is a great place to start.
“The most positive thing about a home inspection is you get to know exactly what you’re buying before you go through with the purchase,” said Stuart, who has been a licensed home inspector for about six years. His business is called Safe Side Home Inspection. “It provides peace of mind knowing exactly what the problems are.”
Stuart does a complete inspection that takes around three hours. He will examine ground conditions, roofing, electrical work, plumbing, appliances, HVAC, insulation, venting, attics, garages, crawl spaces and other potential problem areas.
After completing the inspection, Stuart will provide a detailed report complete with pictures. If there is a problem with wiring, he will take a picture to let the potential buyer know exactly where the problem exists and what it might take to fix it.
“It can be a good negotiation tool or people can also think of it as a to-do list,” said Stuart. “With some of the foreclosure homes people are buying, there is no price negotiation. But the inspection will let the person know exactly what needs to be done so they can get an idea of the costs that will be associated with their purchase.”
Stuart says spring is definitely his busiest time of year as it’s traditionally a hectic time for the real estate market. He travels all over Middle Tennessee, estimating he probably does more than half of his work outside of Warren County.
“I strive to make the home-buying experience one of the easiest and best decisions you will ever make,” said Stuart.
He said clients are welcome to attend the home inspection with him. He said he can email or hand deliver the inspection report.
Safe Side Home Inspection also does testing for radon gas, which is the No. 1 cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Stuart says the EPA and surgeon general both recommend every home be tested for radon gas.
For more information, visit the website www.safesidehomeinspection.com. Stuart can be reached at 224-9416.