Home Inspections –
In your excitement to buy a home, it’s easy to miss a small crack in the foundation, some leaky pipes under the house, or a roof that needs to be replaced.
The sellers worked hard to make the home look as desirable as possible, but looks don’t tell the whole story. That’s where your home inspection comes in.
Your home purchase is one of the biggest investments of your life, and it’s important to know exactly what you’re buying. The best way to ensure this is through a professional home inspection.
HOME INSPECTIONS WHY YOU SHOULD OBTAIN ONE
As a prospective home buyer are you sophisticated in identifying problem areas in your potential new home? Most of us are not knowledgeable in identifying potential problem areas. You are in the process of making a very large investment, maybe the largest you’ll ever make. For just a small investment now you may save substantial money in the future. Can you afford to not have a professional home inspector survey the premises for the integrity of the internal and external components of the dwelling?
Here are a few areas that home inspectors look at:
Many home inspection organizations have set standards on certain areas of the home that the home inspector looks at to determine the integrity of the essential internal and external structural components. Home inspectors are not structural engineers but can identify visual defects in these areas requiring immediate repairs.
Do the outlets all work? Does the house use fuses or is there a breaker box? Are there any visible signs of fraying on the wiring?
Are there any leaks or annoying drips? Are all the mechanical systems and fixtures working properly?
Buyers should consider a camera test to determine the structural integrity of sewer lines and the presence of root infiltration or other obstructions.
Are they functioning properly?
Home Inspectors are not environmental specialists, but they can identify many safety hazards or dangerous conditions. They can provide analysis for the presence of radon or molds which may become a problem if undetected. This may require a separate inspection.
Other items may or may not be included n a standard home inspection. Some of these may be: septic systems, roofs, drainage problems, wood decks, patios or other exterior structures. Be sure and verify which, if any, of these items are included in your home inspection.
Normally Not Included:
Termite, Geological or Land subsidence surveys and environmental or pollution inspections which should be completed separately for your own protection.
Home inspectors provide a unique customer service in identifying existing problems, should there be any, and assisting in promoting and facilitating communication with the home seller. There are many home inspection companies to choose from. Attached is a list of a few in this area that you may want to contact.
WE RECOMMEND YOU ALWAYS OBTAIN A GENERAL HOME INSPECTION AS WELL AS SURVEYS AND INSPECTIONS IN SPECIALIZED AREAS BEYOND THE SCOPE OF THE GENERAL HOME INSPECTION.