Angie's List: Two important steps to remember when buying a home

Angie's List: Two important steps to remember when buying a home »Play Video
Some home buyers skip home inspections missing problem areas.
LEWISTON, ID - Most folks know when you're buying a home it's a good idea to get a home inspection.

But were you also aware of the importance of taking a final walk-through before closing? In today's Angie's List report, how they both can benefit you as a buyer.

"A lot of the decision to buy a house is emotional," said Home Inspector, Bob Hintze. "People buying the house are really excited about it. They don't tend to look at the details or they don't tend to look at how things work."

"When buying a house, the home inspection is one of the most important things you are going to do because that is when you are going to bring a professional in and assess the condition of the house," said Angie's List Owner, Angie Hicks. "But a lot of times the consumers skip out on going to the home inspection. What they then miss out on is learning about their home and seeing firsthand any problem areas."

"It's our job as home inspectors to come in and look at the house in an objective manor to make sure everything is in good shape and to make sure everything is working as intended and most importantly to call out those items that either need immediate addressing or will need deferred maintenance in the future," said Hintze.

"A final walk-through of the house you are buying might seem really simple but a lot of times is overlooked," said Hicks. "It's important because you can then double check anything you ask for in your contract has been completed and also you can find out if there was any damage to the house when the seller moved out. It doesn't take a lot of time and it's really simple that can save you some headaches."

"You might notice an inspection repair is not repaired properly or it's not repaired at all, so that's something that could happen," said Real Estate Agent, Kristie Smith. "If that were to happen the first step is to talk with the agent representing the seller to let them know that these repairs are not to your satisfaction at that point negotiation can take place to figure out what do we do."

The walk-through is oftentimes scheduled on the same day as the closing, but can also be scheduled the day before. Depending on the size of the home, the process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.