What Makes Home Inspections So Important to Homebuyers?

    A home inspection is a critical part of buying a home. Here’s how the process works and why you need to hire a good inspector to get the job done.

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    Why is a home inspection so important if you’re a homebuyer?

    Think of it this way: You’d never buy a car without having a third party look under its hood, and the same logic applies to buying a house. You want a licensed, third-party inspector to give the home you’re thinking of buying a full inspection, all the way from the roof down to the appliances. In any home purchase, there will be deferred maintenance and/or certain items that are out of code, and you’ll want to know about all of it.

    That’s the first reason you need to hire a good home inspector to do your home’s inspection. The second reason is you want that person to be experienced and willing to pick up the phone when you call them. You don’t want to rely on your agent to go through a home inspection report with you—you want to be able to call your inspector and have them walk you through the entire report to help you identify the big-ticket items like your roof, the A/C unit, the plumbing system, etc.

    You’d never buy a car without having a third party look under its hood, and the same logic applies to buying a house.

     

    Think of the inspection process like you’re going to see a general doctor. If there’s a major issue, they’ll typically refer you to a specialist. It works the same way with inspectors. If they notice an issue with your home, they’ll refer you to a specialist—like a licensed plumber or roofer—to help you.

    Once you have this conversation with your inspector and they refer you to third-party contractors to give you an estimate for which repairs need to be made, it’s up to your agent to either negotiate a lump sum of money in lieu of repairs or negotiate a price reduction for you. In the state of Texas, you’re given an option period where it’s your agent’s job to utilize this second negotiation phase.

    If you have any other questions about home inspections or you have any other real estate needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to help you.

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    Alexis Weigand

    Recognized industry-wide as a person of influence, Alexis Weigand is renowned for her passion, leadership and steadfast commitment to consistently producing a high level of achievement. A native Texan from Boerne, Alexis is also widely known for her energy, professionalism, and knowledge of the San Antonio and Hill Country Luxury real estate market. Over thirteen years as a top-producing Broker in San Antonio Alexis Weigand has earned a reputation as the go-to luxury Realtor in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Alexis is an experienced bilingual Real Estate broker who has managed hundreds of transactions for both domestic and international clients alike. Alexis began her career in Austin in 2005 and then joined forces with her father as an associate broker at W.K. Shumpes Company in Boerne. When Keller Williams opened their first ever luxury real estate office, Alexis saw the opportunity to partner with the #1 real estate agency in North America as a way to exponentially grow and expand her business and better serve her clients. Since joining KWLI, the Alexis Weigand Real Estate Group has continuously outpaced and negotiated the market, receiving multiple awards and recognitions over the years including No.1 Agent in Boerne and Fair Oaks Ranch for fastest home sales, KW Top Team Awardee, No. 1 KW Listing Agent per number of homes sold and volume sold for two consecutive years, and Platinum Top 50 Winner to name a few. Alexis largely credits this success to a unique approach to a team concept where each team member is extremely efficient by focusing on their individualized areas of expertise. For her, real estate is about the people AWRE serves – and helping them achieve their goals and build wealth through real estate. Alexis’ greatest passion is developing leaders and teaching. She can regularly be found in the classroom educating new and seasoned real estate agents. Always wanting to be remembered most as someone who made things better. Alexis strives to keep learning each day by committing herself and her team members to high-level business coaching and training programs to stay ahead of the curve. When Alexis is not championing the San Antonio Luxury market, she's likely to be somewhere outdoors with her husband Chris and their three children, Carter, Cade, and Elise. As an avid business reader, there's a good chance you'll also find her at the gym, working out and listening to a good audiobook about leadership! Specialties: - ALHS, Accredited Luxury Home Specialist Certifications: - Broker - Broker Associate - CRS®, Certified Residential Specialist® - GRI, Graduate REALTOR® Institute - CLHMS, Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist - Institute for Luxury Home Marketing - Texas Realtors Leadership Program - IMSD, Internet Marketing Specialist Designation Awards: - Centurion Award Winner 2014-2019 - 2018 Top Team - Keller Williams Realty City View - 2018 Platinum Award - Keller Williams Realty City View - 2018 Top Growth Partner - Keller Williams Realty City View Industry Organizations: - NAR, National Association of Realtors - TAR, Texas Association of Realtors - SABOR, San Antonio Board of Realtors - NBCLAR, New Braunfels/Canyon Lake Association of REALTORS - REALTORS® Land Institute (RLI) Council - CRS, Council of Certified Residential Specialists Community Involvement Types: - Local: Organization, Association or Club - National: Organization, Association or Club Community Involvement Organizations: - Dallas Children's Advocacy Center - Habitat for Humanity, ALC - National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Congregation Rodfei Sholom of San Antonio Texas - American Lung Association - Children's Hospital of San Antonio - Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - American Heart Association - 100 Women of South Texas - SA2020 - Product Council of Urban Land - SNIPSA - Homes for Our Troops - MD Anderson Cancer Center - Ryan's Well Foundation

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