Before you buy an existing home, you will want to take the extra
step of having a home inspection completed prior to finalizing
the sale. A home inspection is a detailed investigation and a
written report that provides you with the current condition of
the home you are about to purchase.
A home inspection covers the condition of the mechanical systems
of the house such as the air condition and heating systems, the
electrical systems, the plumbing systems including toilets and
faucets and most importantly the structural soundness and integrity
of the home.
An inspector will also check for the presence of wood destroying
insects that can be common in most areas and ensure that the chimneys
and fireplaces are in proper working order.
An inspection is important as it will reveal if there are any
problems with the house that the homebuyer isn’t likely
to discover on their own. All home inspectors must be licensed
by the state, if they are not, they can be held liable for a faulty
report. A licensed inspector will check the foundation and if
there is proper drainage of the property, inspect the load bearing
walls, look for water penetration and ensure that there are no
issues with the appliances.
They can also check the pool or spa if you have one and help
you avoid what could be very costly repairs after you move into
your new home. The home inspection is one element that every home
buyer should have as it can also help you lower the cost of the
house if, for instance, the roof needs to be replaced. This cost
can then be deducted from the cost of the home as it is a repair
that must be made.
There are several sources for locating reputable, licensed home
inspectors including your states real estate office.