Should You Get a Home Inspection?
When you are purchasing a home, you really need to have a professional home inspector take a look at your potential new home. A home inspector may seem like just one more fee, and maybe one you don’t think you need. After all the home looks like it is good condition, right? Home inspections can reveal some very important insight into the home you are buying and a good home inspector will venture into some areas of the home you might not think to look.
A home inspector will examine the home and then will send you a report that details their findings. A typical inspection will last 2-3 hours and you should be present so that the inspector can show you any problems they find. If you are there then you can ask the inspector any questions you may have right then. Sometimes the problems may be hard to explain through photos and descriptions and if you are there you can learn exactly what is going on in the home.
An inspector will make notes about everything they examine and they will tell you whether a problem is a safety issue, or a major or minor defect. They will also make note about which items in the home might need to be replaced or serviced as well as things that are in good working order but may need to be monitored over the next few years.
While every home is different and every home inspector has a different way of looking at a home they should always look at these things: exterior walls, foundation, the grading, the garage or carport, the roof, the plumbing, electrical wiring and fixtures, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, water heater, kitchen appliances, laundry room, bathrooms as well as checking for fire safety hazards throughout the home.
A home inspection will give you a good overview of a home. It may not reveal every problem that may occur. The inspector is looking for the visual cues that there may be a problem somewhere. While they are very good at finding these things there are some problems that do not always show up. If there are potential problems in a home, the home inspector will probably recommend that you call in more specific experts to more specifically address any problems. This means that you might end up hiring electricians, plumbers or other contractors.
After the home inspection you will have options and your real estate agent can help you understand them.
Getting a home inspection done is a valuable resource available to all home buyers. I recommend that all of my home buyers take advantage of a home inspection and learn the ins and outs of your new home!