After you’ve found your dream home with all of those features you’ve been looking for, it’s time for the home inspection! Home inspections are a huge deal.. because buying a house is a huge deal! It’s easy for buyers to overlook this (click here to read our post Why Not To Take Risks on Your Inspection Contingency), but this is a risk that you wont wan’t to take. It's easy to think that just because a home is beautiful and looks completely sturdy and flawless, that there are no problems under the surface. But truthfully, every house will have it's little quirks and flaws! This is your one chance to really get a good look into the long term investment of buying a home.
One thing that many people don’t know is important is that it is best if you can walk through the process along side your inspectors. It will take anywhere from 2-4 hours, depending on the house, and is absolutely worth the time! Maybe you noticed some water stains on the ceiling, or some cracks along the foundation. This is the perfect opportunity for you ask all of these questions, and understand the ins and outs of your possible new home!
So what exactly is your home inspector going to look at? Here is a list of all of the things that your inspector will evaluate and report on.
Heating and cooling systems
Radon detection equipment, if applicable
Walls, ceiling and flooring
Windows and doors
As you can see, home inspections are quite extensive. You should leave your inspection with the piece of mind that you either know that there are no major issues, the issues have been pinpointed to begin the process of repairs, or the issues are too large to consider that particular home.
Plan your inspection carefully. Don’t just go with the cheapest options. Really spend some time researching, asking questions, and looking at reviews for an inspector that you feel completely comfortable with. You’ll definitely want to make sure that the inspector is a licensed professional and belongs to a professional group such as the ASHI, NAHI, InterNACHI, etc..
Unfortunately, the biggest problems that most inspections will not reveal are asbestos, mold, or insect infestation. If you’re fearing that the home may have some of these issues, you will need to go to farther lengths to have your home thoroughly looked at by inspectors that specialize in these areas!
All in all, a home inspection is one of those things that may feel like a hassle, but really it is a fantastic opportunity for you to really understand the home you’re looking at! The truth is that no home is perfect, and if you can get a detailed list of the flaws in your potential home, you’ll have the peace of mind to deal with the problems and finally move into your dream home!
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