Congratulations! You’re closing on your first home, maybe even your dream home. To be sure that everything is as perfect as it seems, you need to make sure you don’t skip over one of the most important aspects of the home buying process: home inspections.
Here’s what you need to know so your home inspection catches what it needs to:
What is a Home Inspection?
Home inspections take a non-invasive look at the condition of the home you would like to purchase. They are usually conducted by a third party that is specially trained to locate and report potential problems areas that houses may have.
What Problems can Home Inspections Identify?
The reason that home inspections are so important is because they let potential home owners know about any issues with a building before the official transfer of ownership so that everything can be out in the open and the buyers know exactly what they are purchasing.
Potential discoveries during a home inspection include any of the following things:
- Mold or mildew buildup anywhere in the home
- Deteriorating roof shingles
- Chimney mortar decay or fireplace malfunction
- Plumbing problems
- Faulty electrical systems
- Broken heating or cooling systems
- Structural or foundational issues
- Septic system problems
- Unsatisfactory air or water quality
If you are not hoping to purchase a “fixer upper” it is essential to complete a thorough home inspection, particularly of things that cannot be seen during a viewing, like the septic system and air quality. Often, once a problem is discovered, it can be included in closing negotiations.
For example, the seller might need to complete the repairs before closing, the price of the home might be lowered if the seller doesn’t plan to fix the problem, or the buyer might need to decide if it’s worth it to purchase a home “as is” or to pass on the purchase.
How can I Find a Home Inspector?
It’s easy to find a great home inspector. You can always ask friends and colleagues for recommendations, as well as read reviews on sites like Yelp, Angie’s List, or Google. Be sure to find out if the inspector is a member of any associations, like the International Associations of Home Inspectors, for example.
Finally, be sure to pick an inspector who gives an unbiased report on the state of the house, not his opinion on whether or not you should purchase it. You can make that call on your own.
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