Home Inspections: What to Know and Why You Need One

Home Inspections: What to Know and Why You Need One

Posted by Tara Kennedy on Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 at 8:42am.

 

Home Inspections: What to Know and Why You Need One

As a buyer, home inspections are an important part of the buying process. It is not mandatory to have one, but it is in your best interest that you know exactly what you are getting from a professional level. Home inspections can cost a few hundred dollars, but it will be the best money you will spend.


The last thing you want is to be a home owner that has issues occurring a month or so down the road that could have been prevented or brought to your attention prior to purchasing the home.


A home inspector is your ally as they will go into the house and look for things you are not aware of. Inspectors are well- versed in what regulations and standards exist in your city or town, and are keen to what to look for with regards to water problems, electrical issues, or structural issues.
Below is a list of what inspectors will look for:


Structural Problems: They will check around the foundation of the home and inside the home for anything that looks like it could create a problem. This includes windows and decks, walkways and driveways. They will also look at the ceilings, doors, walls, the attic, inspect for proper insulation, ventilation, water leakage, and other defects.


The basement and crawl space are also important areas as they will show signs of water issues, and weaknesses, if there are any. In addition to this, the structure will also be checked for rotting wood, termites, or other pests.

Electrical: Home electrical will be tested for shorts, wiring issues, and proper grounding.

Plumbing: Plumbing is checked for any leakage issues, and will ensure pipes are standard and up to code.

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning: Also known as HVAC. This will be checked to ensure that everything is function correctly and safely.

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