Shopping for a new home can be a stressful endeavor as the paperwork, insurance policies, and over-zealous real estate agents begin to pile up. In the midst of the excitement it can be easy to ignore some of the most beneficial steps in purchasing a new home. Of these, a thorough home inspection is an absolute must. By hiring a professional home inspector you gain valuable insight on the overall condition of your future house. The home inspection process itself can be fun and exciting. Below are three tips for you to get the most out of your St. Louis home inspection and put you on the fast track to making that first down payment on your new home.

Inspect New Construction

Just because a home was recently renovated, or perhaps completely brand new, does not mean you should skimp on a home inspection. New construction has likely already passed all required codes and ordinances, but that does not necessarily mean it is built for longevity. The one-year warranty of most new homes creates a false sense of confidence for many homebuyers. Refusing an inspection could result in you discovering maintenance issues the hard way – a year or two after the new home warranty has expired. A home inspector hired to examine a new home, or new renovations in an older home, could catch underlying issues that may have gone unnoticed and could prove costly in the long run.

Join the Inspection

Home inspectors will often give you their findings and results in a comprehensive written report. While these inspection reports cover everything that was discovered in your home, and sometimes even contain recommendations and repair cost estimates, the document itself is often long and very detailed. Although thorough, written accounts of potential issues are not nearly as clear as witnessing potential problems first hand. By tagging along with your St. Louis home inspector, you will be able to fully realize the extent of serious defects and be sure to not overemphasize minor problems. The inspection should be an interactive process so make sure to ask plenty of questions and listen to your inspector’s thoughts and opinions. They are, after all, professionals.

Take Inspector Recommendations Seriously

You have already paid for your home examination and, by joining the inspection, you have seen the potential problems and hopefully discussed them at length with your inspector. It is now your responsibility to find out the cost of repairs for any given issue, organize problems in order of severity, and ask your inspector if he would recommend any areas be more thoroughly examined. By following these steps before closing on your home you can save a lot of money if a “quick fix” were to transform into an expensive project.

By following these three tips, not only will your St. Louis home inspection process be that much more enjoyable but, in the end, it could save your bank account from taking the hit of costly repairs.