Home inspections are a must. Whether the house is decades old or newly built, an inspector can notify buyers of problems or potential problems with the interior and exterior of the house that, if ignored, could result in big expenses sooner rather than later.
It's recommended that buyers be present during the home inspection to learn more about the home they will be moving into. By the end of an inspection, buyers should have the following questions answered:
- What is the condition of the outside walls?
- Does the roof have any signs of damage or leaking?
- Is there any evidence the foundation is cracking or settling in a way that could damage the home?
- Does the property around the home slope in a way that will prevent flooding or pooling?
- What is the condition of the heating/cooling systems in the home?
- Is the electrical wiring functioning properly and are there any safety hazards that need to be fixed?
- Is the plumbing functioning properly and are there any signs of leaks?
- Does the home have any evidence of mold, pests or other wood-destroying organisms?
- Are the garage and laundry room properly ventilated?
- Are all other appliances and systems installed correctly and operating the way they should?
Home inspectors are trained to notice things that even the most experienced homeowners might miss. They are unbiased and will point out the smallest concerns and the most alarming red flags. Do not be afraid to ask specific questions about their final report.