Whenever we think of how our Big Rapids home staging professionals approach their craft, it’s all the positives that come to mind — how they transform a ho-hum living room into a welcoming showplace; a run-of-the-mill front porch into a curb appeal magnet, etc. That is true, but equally important are the negatives they address. Stagers locate and eliminate elements that detract.
This is all by way of pointing out that another element of the Big Rapids real estate industry — the home inspection part — provides an extremely positive contribution by zeroing in on negatives. It’s pretty darned important that a Big Rapids home inspection do just that!
Picture this: it’s just under a year since you bought your home, but what started out as a dream home is beginning to take on aspects of a nightmare. Cracks have appeared in the foundation (were they there all along); asphalt tiles are raining down onto the driveway (am I seeing gaps up on the garage roof); and puddles are springing up in the basement underneath the network of pipes that (now that I’m looking closely) do seem to show a bit more rust than they probably should…
This is the kind of evolving nightmare no Big Rapids home buyer should have to deal with. A thorough home inspection unearths problems before you close on the home — so while it may require an investment of a few hundred dollars, it’s the most sensible way to prevent expensive (but foreseeable) maintenance surprises down the road. Going about tapping a professional whose home inspection credentials measure up won’t take an undue chunk of your time:
· Survey the ratings
This is an area where the Better Business Bureau is truly invaluable. Likewise, customer feedback sites like Angie’s List may offer reviews of Big Rapids home inspection services that are full of useful information. The only detail that’s less attention-worthy is cost. When you’re in the process of investing hundreds of thousands of dollars, paying a bit extra for a superior home inspection is “pound-wise.”
· Note ties to the town community
Home inspectors who have maintained strong ties to the Big Rapids business community have their reputation riding on the line with every inspection. Their incentives are perfectly aligned with yours for providing a thorough inspection with written findings that will hold up over time.
· Consider a structural engineer or another specialist
If there’s a question about the structural integrity of the home, look for an inspector with engineering credentials. Likewise, if there are questions about other areas of the house (like the electrical system), be open to calling in an appropriate specialist to take a look. It’s really your peace of mind that will benefit.
When you choose me as your Realtor®, I will also be happy to recommend several Big Rapids home inspectors who have demonstrated their skill and reliability for my clients over the years. Don't hesitate to give me a call!