Why Pay for a Home Inspection?

Dated: 01/26/2019

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No house is perfect, and the difference in the fair market value of similar houses normally reflects the current condition of that individual property.  Some houses may have health and safety issues that will prevent a lender from agreeing to finance for you.  A professional inspector can point out problems that may be more expensive to repair than you are anticipating. 

All systems in a house (i.e. roof, foundation, plumbing, electrical, heating and air-conditioning, etc.) need to me maintained, repaired and eventually replaced.  When you buy your home, you want to have a good idea of the age and condition of each system so you can budget for future repairs.  You want to avoid an unexpected and expensive repair soon after buying your home.  

A professional inspection can help you answer many questions regarding the current condition of the property. Do the structural components (foundation and framing) appear to be sound and able to stand up to the weather, gravity, and the earth surrounding your house?  What about the exterior?  In what condition are the sidewalks, driveway, steps, windows, doors, siding, trim? Is surface drainage likely to cause problems with the foundation? Do all porches, decks, and balconies appear to be attached securely to the main structure?

How old is the roof? Is it in good condition? Has there been any weather damage? What about the chimneys or any skylights? Are the fireplaces properly installed and operational?  The home’s vents, flues, and chimneys should be inspected. The inspector should identify the water heater’s age, its energy rating, and whether the size is adequate for the house. They should also describe and inspect all heating and air-conditioning equipment.  How old is the system and has it been well maintained?

Is there adequate insulation and ventilation in the attic and in unfinished areas such as crawl spaces? Without proper ventilation, excess moisture can lead to mold and water damage. How is the plumbing? Is the water supply adequate?  Poor water pressure, banging pipes, rust spots, or corrosion can indicate larger problems.

Is the electrical up to code? What is the condition of the service entrance wires, service panels, breakers, and fuses? Are the proper type of outlets in each room and are they functioning properly? Are there any issues with walls, ceilings and floors; steps, stairways, and railings; countertops and cabinets; and garage systems?  These areas can reveal leaks, insect damage, rot, construction defects, and more.

Inspection of a modest home in our area generally takes about two hours and costs about $300-400. The inspection is at the buyer’s expense , but could alert you to a more expensive repair in the near future should you continue with the purchase.  At the very least, it will provide you with a picture of the current condition of your new home and what will need to be addressed in the future. 

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Tamara Sims

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