What Inspections Should I Have When Purchasing a Home in Carlsbad?
The due diligence phase of the home purchase process, or what is often referred to as the contingency period, is a critical one. An essential component, indeed a mandatory one in my opinion, is a home inspection by a qualified home inspector. This is true for new construction as well. While certain matters should be disclosed to you by the sellers, not all issues may be or perhaps are not known to the owners. In either case, reasonable care should be taken to thoroughly evaluate all aspects of the property.
In addition to a home inspection, buyers often ask if there should have other inspections, whether those suggested by the home inspector due to defects or issues uncovered, aspects of the property not covered in the home inspection (e.g., pool and spa, property lines, septic), or simply reassurance that other problems do not exist.
Here in California we have a Buyer’s Inspection Advisory (form BIA) that outlines a range of issues to be considered by Carlsbad buyers as part of the investigation of the property.
In addition to the home inspection these issues include soil stability, earthquakes and flooding (these are addressed in the Natural Hazards Disclosure Report [NHD]), building permits, security and safety (e.g., is a particular type and height of fence required by code around a swimming pool or spa?) and other matters.
OTHER HOME INSPECTIONS
Common inspections and evaluations that buyers can and often do perform, depending on circumstances, include pool and spa, roof, HVAC, fireplaces and chimneys, mold, asbestos, lead, fire sprinklers, structural, fire sprinklers (if they exist), wells, septic systems, and wood destroying pests (e.g., termite) and perhaps other critters like gophers and snakes.
Our Buyer’s Inspection Elections form (BIE) lists 37 different possible things to inspect, a number of which have already been mentioned.
The choice is yours.
But failure to do a home inspection and other evaluations that are warranted and/or recommended can be a big mistake. After the purchase, it’s too late! Saying "I wish I had ..." won't cut it.