The Three Items You Should Always Get Inspected By A Professional Before Buying
Whenever you buy something that costs more than a couple hundred dollars, it pays to spend a little bit of time thinking about whether it is a good investment. When you start reaching amounts over $1,000 dollars it makes sense to be as careful as you can, as this is quite a significant amount on one item. However, there is another level to this where you absolutely must always get expert advice before spending any of your own money. These are the three biggest purchases most people make in their life: a house, a car and, potentially, a boat. Here are a few reasons why you should get pre-purchase inspections on those three items.
Whenever you go to see a potential future home that you really like, you should try to bring along someone who knows the industry. They will be able to tell you if the house is priced appropriately, if there are any glaring red flags and what you would need to spend to make it livable. Once negotiations become more serious, you should always request that the current owner allow you to have an expert third party conduct a thorough investigation so there is no mould or structural issues being hidden out of sight. If they do not agree to this, do not go any further in your dealings as it is a huge warning sign that they are hiding significant issues.
Just like houses, cars can hold a lot of secret problems that, unless you are in the know, you would struggle to identify. This is particularly important for second-hand cars, which is the area most people get caught out buying something worse than what they thought it was. Pre-purchase inspections go over the whole car, from the engine to the interior seat lining. If there is something not listed on the advertisement, the pre-purchase inspection will find it, and you can either choose to continue and bargain for a lower price or move on to greener pastures.
A boat inspection can be a bit trickier to organise than either a home or car inspection, as boats can vary considerably and you want someone who knows the particular model you are looking at. Still, it is always a good idea to try and get this done so that you know the boat won't die as soon as you take it out of the harbor. This is perhaps the inspection where your safety is most at risk if you get it wrong, as being stranded at sea is not a pleasant experience even with a safety beacon.