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Having just signed a sales contract on a home, you may be feeling some financial pressure. Between the down payment, the closing costs, the mortgage insurance, the loan payment, the move-in expenses, and any repairs, you are probably thinking "what was I thinking?" In the face of this pressure, you may be tempted to skip the home inspection. Don't. It may be vital to your personal and financial safety and if things don't go smoothly once you are in the house, it's just going to be once more expense piled on to the laundry list I just mentioned.
Any home is bound to have defects. Maybe the furnace was replaced just last winter. How do you know it was installed properly? Maybe the door frame that's slanting slightly in the older home you're planning to buy is just part of its charm?or perhaps it's evidence that termites have hollowed out a supporting girder. What if there's a crack in the chimney? Since the current homeowners never use the fireplace, they may not know the crack is there, but the first time you build a fire, you could be setting your roof on fire. Even if the home is brand new, are you willing to take the builder's word that he/she did everything as promised? The potential problems are endless, and the cost of ignoring them could be astronomical.
A home inspection is essentially a visual process meant to uncover any glaring problems and help you reduce any risks you might encounter by moving into a home. A professional inspector has specific technical skills, but he/she will not take anything apart and is not licensed to make any repairs. Nevertheless, an inspection can provide grounds for a repair addendum to your sales contract and/or help you plan for future repairs. For example, if you have an inspection contingency in your sales contract and the inspection reveals that the home needs a new roof, you will have three options: ask the seller to make the repairs before you close on the home, ask the seller to compensate you for the cost of replacing the roof, or void your contract. Or, the inspection may determine that there are three layers of shingles on the roof; it doesn't need to be replaced now, but you know that you need to budget for a new roof in a few years.
A professional inspector will examine
Furnaces and air conditioners (within limits)
Main water shut-off controls
Walls and partitions
Windows and doors
Your plumbing system
The electrical system
Additional inspections can evaluate
Wells and septic systems
The presence of radon
The presence of termites
Here are some recommended Home Inspection companies:
Cornerstone Inspection Services: 800-310-8837 Security Home Inspections: 800-878-1744 US Inspect: 888-874-6773
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.