While the lender and third parties are preparing your loan for closing, there are a couple of things for you to tackle. You probably will want to have the home inspected, and you will be required to buy homeowners insurance.
It's a good idea to have the home inspected after you agree on a price but before signing the contract and putting down a deposit. If you're in a hurry to lock in the deal, make sure your contract states that the terms are conditioned on a satisfactory professional inspection. The cost of a home inspection typically ranges between $250 and $500.
Owners of older dwellings and contents tend to prefer the replacement cost policy, which may cost 10 percent more; owners of newer houses and furnishings should consider the cash value policy.
Whichever policy you choose, be sure to ask your insurance agent about safety features such as deadbolts, storm shutters and security systems you can install to reduce your premium.
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