Buying a house is very big deal. Little wonder property transactions are not as simple as clicking “Buy” button on an online store. By opening this article, I assume you have already invested some money in the inspection of your new homeso as to enable you complete its acquisition.
While the inspector knows exactly what to check for in your home, it is important that you watch out for important aspects of the process he may ignore. Even if he doesn’t ignore these aspects, you may still want to be sure a good job was done on them.
What Exactly Should You Get From a Home Inspection
Basically, the process involves assessing the entirety of the inhabitable areas of your home. In general, this can be divided into two broad areas: interior home inspection and exterior home inspection.
Once you receive an inspection report for your home, or even before the process is complete, keep an eye for the following aspects of your property:
The Walls: Are there visible cracks on the walls? Are there portions of the wall that are misaligned? You should strive to know if the walls are in need of repairs. The state of the materials used in painting or coating the walls should be considered too. These will give you an idea of what to expect from a potential buyer (if you are selling) or seller (if you are buying.
The Roof: We are basically talking about the condition of the roofing sheets.Try to get an idea of how old and durable they are.The same can be done in the attic inside the home. In the end, inspection shouldreveal if the chimneys, air vents and gutters of the roofs are in perfect condition. If not, an estimation of damage and the cost of repair should also be gotten.
The Garage: An inspection should tell you if the property hosts a garage. The holding capacity of the garage should also be of interest. While assessing it, the inspector must try to find out if the doors and the insides of the garage are in good condition. As usual, if there are damages, inspector should make an estimate of cost of repair.
The Floor: A home inspector should produce information on the state of the flooring system of the building. What materials are the floor made of? Are there cracks or holes on the floor of the building. Are there permanent stains or dents on the floor? You need answers to these questions, and only a good inspector can help you get them.
The Foundation: Many inspectors agree that this is probably the most important aspect of the inspection process. If the foundation of a property is not strong, the deal is as good as dead. Have parts of the foundation sunken to the ground? If made of concrete, are there cracks on the visible parts of the foundation? By all means, know all you can about the foundation even before evaluating other parts of the property.
Additionally, get details of the balcony: its size or capacity, materials used in making it, and its current toughness.
Taking this inspection one step deeper into the building, consider the following aspects:
Electrical System: What wiring system was used in the building? How many electrical outlets are in the building and in what positions can they be found?Are they in good condition?If they aren’t, how can they be fixed?
Heating and Cooling System: You should get to know the type of heating and cooling system used in the building. Discover the number of air vents in the property as well as their positions. Do the same for the air conditioners.
Appliances: A good assessment is needed to know the state of the appliances in the kitchen and other areas of the house. Are the appliances rusty or old? Do they need replacement or repairs.The appliances you need to focus on are the standard ones that every home must have, not the add-ons.
Plumbing System: It is easier to do this in the spring as the rains will easily give you an idea of the drainage system of the home. In other seasons, the home inspector has to summon extra professional skills to get the job done.From integrity of the pipes (both inside and outside) through the appropriateness of their fitting, to other appliances that they are connected to, a thorough assessment is needed.
Safety: Very importantly, the inspector must test for safety and habitability. Have the property tested for toxic substances like Carbon Monoxide, lead paints,Radon gas, illegal installations, presence of toxic molds, pest infestation and whatnot.
In a Nutshell
A successful home inspection involves asking series of questions about virtually everything in the new home. Start from the outside and move to the inside – assessing the areas listed in this article and any that crosses your mind. This gives buyers an idea of the quality they are paying for while letting sellers get a hang of how much value their properties can offer buyers.