A Well-Grounded Inspection That Energizes a Home

By
Home Inspector with Safety First Home Inspections

No matter how enthusiastic you are about buying a new house, the tension and stress of dealing with all its accompanying unknowns and uncertainties can get you down.  You can't help but worry and wonder how you and your family will all get along in this place, or if the place will get along with you and the way you live.  You need a positive, energizing experience like a home inspection that will perk you up and help you get to know your house a little better.

Buying a family house is really an endless series of important, life-changing decisions from its location to its size to its actual condition.  Finding a good home inspector to educate you truthfully and objectively about the condition of your new home will put your mind in proper perspective.

In report form, a complete home inspection will walk you through every section of your home from the roofs to the floors, from the walls to the fences, from the plumbing to the electrical works, and everything else you need to know.

The entire electrical system composed of service entrance conductors, service equipment, grounding equipment, main over current device, and main and distribution panels will all be evaluated during your home inspection.  These will be located and checked for proper wiring and circuit breakers. Covers of both panels will be removed, but no other electrical device will be dismantled.

A representative number of permanently installed ceiling fans, lighting fixtures, switches and receptacles inside the house, in the garage and around the house's exterior walls will be observed as to how well they operate.  Electrical switches and outlets will also be checked. The last thing you need is a fire in your new home due to faulty electrical wiring.

The presence or absence of smoke detectors and fire sprinklers will be noted and included in your report.  If possible, they too will be tested.

The inspection report you receive will also include a description of the service amperage and voltage ratings of your house.  Polarity and grounding of all receptacles within 6 feet of any plumbing fixture and all receptacles in the garage and exterior walls will be tested, along with the operation of ground fault circuit interrupters.

For your peace of mind, no house passes of fails a home inspection.  It is simply an objective assessment and evaluation of the current condition of your home.  All of these are still subject to change, to major and minor repairs and replacements as you adjust and cope with your new living space.  It is also not a formal appraisal of its current market value.  The home inspection only puts the house in a better condition for buying or selling when the right time comes.

Whether you are the one buying or selling a house, you will never regret the decision to go for a home inspection.  It is a mature, well-grounded decision with no setbacks.  What matters is the positive exchange of energy, that you as the buyer are happy with your choice and proud to live in your new home, or that you as the seller have done justice to a family's genuine desire for a home and have given them their money's worth.

Comments (1)

Larry Lawfer
YourStories Realty Group - Newton, MA
"I listen for a living." It's all about you.

This is great advice.  A great inspection (the buyer and seller both determine that from differing sides of a fence) demands that the inspector truly know about the house and care to do a great job. Thank you for your good words here.  I look forward to an opportunity to work with you.

Jan 27, 2010 08:18 AM