Laurelhurst Buyer Tips: A couple great “bang for your buck” inspection add ons to have scheduled while your home inspector is there any way.
So you have mutual acceptance on a great Laurelhurst home. Now what? If you have negotiated an inspection – even a short timeline inspection, get to work scheduling some additional professionals to come in and offer extra assurances.
Sewer Scope – Checking for breaks, defects, and more in the sewer line. In an older neighborhood, this is especially important and can save you a ton of money down the road. – If you are buying in a well established neighborhood like Laurelhurst, have the sewer scoped during your inspection. It doesn’t take a lot of time and can end up saving you as much as $30,000 or more in some cases if there are issues. Sewer scopes cost roughly $200 and up depending on access, etc. and can uncover pricey conditions.
Structural Engineer – Seattle has had some earthquakes since Laurelhurst was developed and building codes have changed – at $150/hour and an hour or two of their time, why not have a structural engineer come out and look at your new Laurelhurst home?
Buying a home in Laurelhurst: If you are going to spend in the neighborhood of a million dollars on a home and up, why not take some extra precautions and get additional inspections scheduled as well? The NWMLS contract usually will allow for additional inspections unless you negotiated otherwise, so if you don’t want to spend the additional money on extra assurances until your home inspector has done his initial examination, that is also an option in most cases.
Other Laurelhurst Home Inspection ideas – If you want to make upgrades or improvements to your new homes, why not ask an electrician or contractor for other bids while you are there waiting anyway. I always think that more information is better.