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Diary of a First-Time Homebuyer: Well Inspected

I think I can breathe pretty easy about the house now, because the home inspection went swimmingly yesterday! It was a cold, soggy morning for an inspection, but it was good to see how the house reacts to a few days of rainy weather. It turns out it reacts well! We spent almost three hours walking around the outside and the inside of the home, looking for imperfections or things that should be updated or brought to code. Luckily most everything the inspector pointed out were very minor issues – ones that would be cheap and quick to fix. The only major issue to come up was to make sure the electrical system was up to code, and that is something we’ve asked the sellers to do before they move out.

I actually really enjoyed the home inspection – the time went by so quickly, and I felt like I learned a lot about home maintenance – what’s a big deal, how much certain improvements cost and the life span of certain appliances. Our inspector was so nice, very helpful, incredibly knowledgeable and perfectly thorough. I was happy he pointed out even the smallest of things – it gave me peace of mind knowing he wasn’t overlooking anything. He actually said for the age of the home, most of it was in above-average condition. What I was most concerned with – the basement/foundation – was in especially good condition, with little sign of water leakage or cracking.

Fantastic! A good home inspection just brings me one step closer to actually calling the home my own. Spending three hours there just made me so anxious to move in – I was envisioning where my furniture would go, how I would paint and what other things I need to pick up before the move. I’m a little sad I won’t be able to get into the house again until the middle of May, but there’s so much to do in the meantime, I’m sure time will absolutely fly!

So what’s next on the agenda? The all-important acquisition of a home loan (sort of a big deal when you’re trying to buy a home) and getting homeowner’s insurance. That stuff isn’t glamorous, but it’s got to be done! I have a feeling my head will spin signing myself away for that loan, but in the long run it will be soooo worth it. Check back soon for more updates!

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