Congratulations! You've decided to buy a home. After searching available homes in the area, you found the perfect property. The seller accepted your offer. Now, you're going to want to have a professional come out and perform an inspection. What exactly will the home inspection include? And, just as important, what doesn't an inspector check?
What Does a Home Inspection Cover?
A home inspection is the visual survey of a home's structure and the function of the systems that run that structure. Inspectors walk through the property and check that the plumbing, electricity, heating and air conditioning systems all function. They check the condition of the walls, floors, ceilings, windows, basement, attic, fireplace, and any visible insulation. The inspection also includes a walk around the outside of the home to scan the exterior walls, foundation, and roof. They look for visible cracks, mold, mildew, water damage, leaks, etc.
What Don't Inspectors Do?
The home inspection is a visible inspection only. Inspectors don't move furniture or pictures. If a piece of furniture or painting is hiding mold or a broken electrical outlet, the inspector might not see it and report it. And, while they may use a ladder for a closer look at the roof, they will not go up on a steep roof, if it's covered with snow or if it is more than two stories up. Also, they'll open and close dampers in the fireplace and shine a flashlight up the chimney to check for visible blockages. However, they will not look for buildup of creosote/soot. That requires a separate fireplace/chimney inspection. Finally, inspectors will not perform testing of the ground beneath the home. If they do see signs of possible problems (a crack in the ceiling or foundation, broken roofing, water stains or leaks, etc.), they will note these on their report for you to possibly follow up with further specialized inspections later, if you so choose.
Why Do I Need a Home Inspection?
When buying a property, you should always have a professional home inspection performed. Why? You're investing hundreds of thousands of your hard-earned dollars into this property. You want to make sure it is as sound of an investment as possible.
Most homes, even newly constructed ones, may have little issues here and there. But you can avoid big "surprises" by being warned ahead of time of potential problems lurking inside through a home inspection. And a professional inspector knows exactly what should be functioning, how they're supposed to run, and the reasons why they aren't working as they should.
Before you sign your closing documents, make sure you have a home inspection performed on the property. If big issues are discovered, we can always go back to the seller and ask that they fix them before closing. Or, we can request a discount to cover the costs for you to repair them. If you determine the issues are too much of a risk, you can always walk away and start your search for another property. The decision is yours.
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