Home inspection is an important step in the buying process. This section offers helpful information that can help to avoid potential problems after the purchase is complete.
Congratulations! You’ve made an offer, and reviewed all the documents the seller has provided regarding the condition of the home. But, one important step before you finalize your real estate offer could help you avoid costly home buying mistakes. Hire a professional private home inspector to give the house a standard inspection that includes:
Exterior home components
Foundation and structural components – both interior and exterior
Heating/air conditioning systems
Once you have arranged for a home inspection, plan to accompany the inspector for the entire procedure. You have the right to be there. It helps you to better understand the findings in the report and will reduce post-closing surprises. Don’t forget your list of questions and items of concern.
A thorough home inspection covers more many items, sometime, to many to remember, everything from foundation to roof, and takes two to three hours depending on the size and age of the property. A typical inspection can range from $150-$600
Some common items a home inspection could uncover are:
- Maintenance problems such as rotting decks, paint chips, water damaged ceilings, etc.
- Electrical problems (even faulty fuses can lead to bigger difficulties in the future)
- Drainage problems, which could include water intrusions below the home
- Roof leaks and defects from aging
- Poor ventilation, especially in an attic; this is the time to assure that all vents are clean and working properly
- Excess air leakage due to poor weather stripping and subpar caulking around fixtures
- Failed window seals, which are routinely found with dual pane windows
- Environmental contamination caused by asbestos, mold, formaldehyde, lead paint, radon, soil contamination and/or water contamination