A certified home inspector conducts an inspection to establish the general condition of a home. A good home inspection will help a potential home owner understand exactly what they are about to spend their hard-earned money on. Even if a home looks ready to move in, an inspection will look for, and report on, harder to see issues. These can be anything from the condition of the electrical wiring, the state of the plumbing, if the roof shows excessive wear and tear, and issues with the structural features of the home. As a buyer, you are probably about to make the biggest investment of your life. It is important to understand everything you can about what you are purchasing.
What Do Home Inspectors Look For?
The most common contingency to a real estate transaction is the home inspection.
An inspector’s report is often the deciding factor to move forward with a purchase and can be used to renegotiate the sale price or allow sellers to make repairs. It can also be used as a reason to break the agreement altogether. Items typically examined by the inspector include:
Structural Components-Including the roof, foundation and attic space.
Exterior Faults-Items like broken seals on windows, damaged tread steps, or decking and settlement cracks that may require a professional to resolve.
Roofing-Shingle and tiles are closely examined and the flashing is tested to make sure it is intact.
Electrical-All electrical components are tested to make sure they fit and operate within safety standards.
Heating and Air Conditioning-The entire A/C and heating units are tested to make sure they work correctly.
Insulation and Ventilation-The condition of the attic insulation and vapor deterrents are added to the inspection report as well as all venting fans that aren’t functioning. Under-floor insulation will also be examined if it’s accessible.
Interiors-Each door, the flooring, stairways, countertops, cabinets, and the total number of windows are all listed on the report accompanied by any notes about items that don't work properly.
Appliances-This will include testing all interior appliances that are built-in or included in the purchase contract like Ovens, Ranges, and Refrigerators
Insurance Requirement-Some companies will not insure a home if certain conditions are found and not dealt with, or without some certifications like Wind Mitigation. Qualified home inspectors can accomplish these items during the standard inspection, saving the home buyer time and money later.
Valley Home Inspectors Will Help Make Sure Your Investment Is a Sound One
A typical home inspection is usually completed in a few hours, depending on the size and condition of the house. This time can be a valuable resource though, and not just because of the report that follows. A home inspector is a great source of information. He or she can offer ideas on long term home maintenance that may save you thousands over time. A home inspection can be used to understand as much as possible about what could become the biggest purchase of your life, your forever home.
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