What is a Home Inspection?
There are numerous types of property inspections. An inspection is meant to evaluate, at minimum, the structural and mechanical condition of a property. It is not the same as an appraisal which evaluates the market value of a property. Talk with your agent about the types of inspections available.
When purchasing a home, it is highly recommended that you get a Structural and Pest Control inspections. Even if you are purchasing the home “AS IS,” it is still recommended to have an inspection.
If there is a swimming pool and/or well and septic you will want to have these items inspected. These reports will give you good insight of what you're buying. Once the inspections are complete you could negotiate the seller to make repairs or give you an allowance to fix some items after closing. If a professional home inspector states that certain repairs need to be made, the seller is more likely to agree to make them if you have a report. If the seller agrees to make repairs, you could have the inspector verify the completed work prior to closing. At the very least you would need to get paid invoice for the work complete and need to do a final walk thru to check the items before closing. Do not assume that everything will be done as promised. When it comes to selling a home the sellers are very busy too and may forget an item.
Here is a checklist to help you navigate the home inspection.
Finding a qualified Inspector
· Referrals from satisfied customers
· Referral from a local Realtors or Mortgage Company
· Yellow Pages under "Building Inspection Services"
What the inspection, at minimum, includes
Every inspection should include, but not be limited to, an evaluation of at least the following:
· Grading and Draining around the structure
· Roof Structure and Attic
· Walls (Interior & Exterior)
· Ceilings & Flooring
· Doors (Interior & Exterior)
· Wood around the exterior
· Plumbing and Electrical systems
· Ceiling, walls and floors
· Hazardous materials concerns
· Heating and Air conditioning systems
· Insulation and Air Ducts
· Hot Water Heater
· Whirlpool Tub (if applicable)
· Food Disposer
· Range Exhaust
· Oven and Range
· Garage Door Opener
· Door Bell
· Dryer Vent
· Sprinkler System (if applicable)
· Swimming Pool & Equipment
· Built-In Outdoor cooking Equipment
· Gas Supply System
· Private Water Well & Septic (if applicable)
· Termite Inspection also recommended