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Get a Home Inspection When Buying a Home

Hire a professional home inspector before you buy a home.  The time to discover expensive defects is before you buy the home. Even brand new homes often have major construction flaws.  The $350-$500 is worth the money, especially if they find a $1,000+ defect.

Typically, a home inspector is contacted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.

The home inspection report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system; interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components. Included with your home inspection report are usually digital pictures, a cost range guide, and general report summary of major defects.

Types of defects in the home:

  • Hidden defects are behind the walls, on the roof or out of site inside the furnace and under crawl spaces.  Professional home inspectors might not spot all signs of termite damage, faulty wiring and improper roofing
  • Visible defects are out in the open for buyers to see. Some visible defects are below:
    • Moisture: water stains on ceilings, damp basement walls or musty odors are all signs of possible water damage
    • Cracks in walls might mean nothing, but all cracks should be investigated by a professional, especially cracks in foundation walls
    • Uneven floors: floors that are not level could mean the house is sinking.
    • Loose doors: Look for light coming in around and under exterior doors. These might need insulation or refitting
    • Condition of Heating and Air Conditioner
    • Water Pressure

January 26, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

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