Why Get a Home Inspection?
Home inspections are a critical part of the home buying and selling process. Failure to obtain a home inspection could potentially cost you a great deal of money and hassles in the long run.
The Inspection: An evaluation of the property to find out if there are any problems with it that could change its value. The inspection also helps you decide if there are any items that you want the seller to repair prior to purchasing the home. The inspector is expected to carefully examine the entire home, inside and out. Then he/she writes up a detailed report that indicates any problems found.
The buyer generally hires the inspector. Because the inspector is an important member of your home-buying team, you want someone who is trustworthy and experienced. Referrals may come from recent home buyers, your real estate agent, and/or your lender. Review a sample of each candidate's previous reports for thoroughness. Be sure that the inspector you choose lets you go to the inspection. Walking through the property together will give you a hands-on feel for what is right and wrong with it. A good inspector will check the entire home from top to bottom for:
- General Condition of the Property
- Electrical, heating, and cooling systems.
Exterior (outside) structure, possible water damage, garage doors, roof, and chimney.
- Interior (inside) structure, insulation, foundation, windows, and doors.
- Pest Control
- Risk of earthquakes and landslides.
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