So why is a home inspection so important? Sometimes getting the home of your dreams is a challenge, and it might seem like a good idea to ensure getting the deal by dispensing with the home inspection. It will give you the edge, right? Maybe, but at what cost?
A Big Investment
Buying a home is the biggest investment any one person will make. Not protecting yourself when making that investment is silly. Unless you know exactly what is right or wrong with a home, giving up the ability to inspect a property before purchase can get you into hot water.
Getting one can mean being able to renegotiate the purchase price of the home, walk away from a problem home and protect your investment in the future.
Start with the Important Stuff
A home inspector will look for a lot of different things. He starts with the important stuff, the structure of the home. A home inspector climbs onto the roof, pokes at the foundation, and crawls into attic space looking for water condensation or penetration from the roof. They look for cracks in walls, ceilings and floors, evidence of mold and any signs of water leakage.
Outside, they look for any place that may allow water to seep into the home. They also look for things like broken glass seals, missing caulking, settlement cracks, loose or missing roofing shingles and flashing.
Plumbing and Electrical Systems
Inside they check all of the plumbing and electrical systems. Is there evidence of leaky pipes? Are sinks and tubs draining adequately? What about water pressure? Does the hot water heater work? If there is a sump pump, is it working? Is there a filtration or water softening system and does it work? Should there be a filtration or water softening system?
All the electrical components are examined to ensure they fit and are operating safely. Are there ungrounded outlets or switches? Is the electrical panel adequate for the size of the home and is it up to date? Are there working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors?
Other systems like the heating and air conditioning working properly? Is the home adequately insulated and ventilated? The systems in the home can be expensive fixes if not working properly.
Don’t waive the home inspection. It could be a big mistake.