You have just found the
"perfect" house, but it is important to remember that it may not be
perfect. You should have a structural inspector go over the house from the
foundation to the roof so that you can make an informed decision.
A structural expert can give you crucial
information about the plumbing, wiring, heating and air conditioning systems. He
will check the roof, give you an indication of the condition of the appliances,
and help you set up a long-term budget for replacement and repairs. The
inspector can also show you where the water cut-off valve and circuit breakers
or fuse box are located.
Your Realtor can advise you about how to include
an engineering inspection in your offer to purchase and give you the names of
inspectors in your area. The purchase of a home is a major investment, and the
cost of an inspection is well worth the peace of mind it provides.