I hope you're doing fabulous!
I've found 3 white hairs today and freaking out! hahaha I know it's because of all the stress of home buying. Ladies, be prepared and learn from some of my mistakes! :)
Last Wednesday was my home inspection day and I've never expected anything bad. However, my inspector guy has detected moisture issues, like possible water leak, cuz his moisture meter showed way more than normal level of moisture in baseboards (Standard is 6% of moisture, acceptable maximum moisture 12%, but the measurement at my home was 16-18% ) He's also discovered possible mold growth in couple places. (again because of the moisture)
Lessons I've learned so far:
1) Don't hesitate to pay for house inspection! It might be the best money you've ever spent! ($250-$500)
2) Interview many many again many Realtors and choose the best one who'd work for your best interest! WHY?
The inspector guy recommended more invasive inspection that only water specialists can do to determine the source of the moisture issues. Ok! So who pays for that? I've paid for my general inspection and I wanted to request the seller to pay for more invasive inspection but my realtor who supposed to work for my best interest said that I have to pay for it. I said I don't want to pay for it. Good thing that the sellers agent was present at the inspection.
You won't believe what my agent said! I quote, she said, "Maybe we'll leave the place with open windows for couple days so the moisture level will go down and so the seller won't have to pay for the extra inspection"
At that moment I had to put her on her place. I had to tell her that she's not the sellers agent and it's not her obligation to look after the sellers best interest but the buyers best interest. My best interest was to learn the source of the problem and fix it so it wouldn't happen again. So I had to talk directly to the sellers agent to request the seller to pay for more invasive inspection and pay for correction of the problems. Guess what? The seller agreed to pay for extensive inspection and correct all the problems! However the sellers agent wanted to convince me that it was normal because the property was near the beach but my inspector said it wouldn't justify the moisture level.
Before that my realtor kind of argued with me saying and I quote, " Well, usually sellers say NO!"
I just said to her "Let's see what the seller says!"
So the lesson is: NOBODY NOBODY NOBODY will fully work for your best interest other THAN YOU!!! You're the ONLY ONE who'll really protect yourself!
After that, my agent said: "OK, now I realize that it's possible!" I just wanted to pull all my hair off because she said that she has 20 years of experience yet she's just learning about this kind of negotiation??? So ladies, be VERY VERY CAREFUL who you choose for your agent!
It was evident that initially they saw me as a young Asian girl who is so innocent and sweet but NOW they all know that I can kick their asses and they can't mess with me! Business is a business! Home buying is not an exception! (And I have to mention that I'm not even disclosing even more embarrassing facts about them!)
So ladies, be tough and stand your ground! Do your home works and researches so you can kick some incompetent asses in the future, cuz there're plenty of them! I thought I'd never go wrong with Century 21 but I was wrong! I guess I've stuck with the bad apple! Hahaha!
Thanks for reading Beauties!