It may be advisable to make a contract on a home contingent upon passing an inspection. Get a home inspection, preferably by a member of a professional trade group such as the American Society of Home Inspectors or the Maryland Association of Home Inspectors . Be sure your home inspector is licensed, a requirement under Maryland law.
Attend the inspection with your Buyer’s Agent and read the report. If the home has problems, ask the seller to agree in writing to make the repairs or provide a credit at settlement. If the seller won’t bear the costs, and you still want to go ahead with the purchase, make sure you can afford the necessary repairs.
Depend on your inspector to explain the degree of the repair and the buyer’s agent recommend several licensed professionals who can explain and quantify the costs of some repairs. Most buyers feel more secure at the home inspection when they have a clear picture of the cost of a repair.
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