Inspecting every single aspect of a home is important when buying a home. A home is a big investment, and for many of us this is the largest investment of our lives. You can hire a professional home inspector to inspect the subject property before you purchase it. Since the professionals will take care of everything, it is helpful to have a general idea of what the professional home inspector look for so that you can follow along.
This article will give you the basic idea about the areas you should be informed so that you have a better view of the property you are interested in purchasing
- General home inspection
To make the place functional when you move in, the basics like foundation, roof, electrical system, water and everything else will be covered in home inspection. The general exterior area includes:
- Wood and trim rot.
- Chimney cracking or re-pointing issues.
- Garden and water supply.
- Structural issues.
- Window issues.
- Bulkhead problems.
While looking inside, the most common place an inspector start with is the basement. This is the place where more than 80% of home problems begins. The major components of the house including heating system, electrical panel, and plumbing pipes are found in the basement.
General interior inspection includes:
- Heating system life expectancy.
- Pipe licks near the boiler.
- A structural check of the foundation.
- An air conditioning system
- Electrical issues
- Window or skylight seals.
- When the property is sold as-is, there might be a whole lot problems than what is mentioned.
Mold is something that could hurt home buying process, especially to new homebuyers. However, this is to understand that at some point every home many homes wind up with mold somewhere. Mold types varies, and some are very easy to dealth with. It is recommended to go through few companies for price quotations as the price can dramatically change from one service provider to other.
Radon is a radioactive material that can be found in the soil around the house and can cause health problem to the people living in the house for long term. Sometimes the radon can become trapped, and the home occupants can be exposed which will have negative health effect. During the analyzing time, a radon inspection will be carried out and there are some useful measures that can be suggested by the service company to reduce or control the exposure level. Some of the service company have ways to remove the radon entirely from the air.
- Pests and Insects
It is normal to find general indoor problems like mouse or ant. However, in many situations, this can be severe. For instant, insect-like Termites can ruin your house structure if they are let to grow. These sort of house issue should be addressed in your report.
- Lead paint
Paint doesn’t pose any danger unless you ingest it and the house owner is legally obliged to inform you if the house has a lead paint issue. (Some estate may differ). The problem can accelerate when you have children around. Even though the present house owner doesn’t disclose it, this should come out while inspecting by the home inspector.
- Water supply (Well water)
If your home has a well, then the home inspection will need to have a detailed investigation of the state of the well. Water quality, water flow rate, etc. should come out from the investigation. Wells are expensive to drill and this should get the best attention while inspecting if any well exists.
- Septic System
You will not be able to get a home load if you don’t pass tittle 5. Tittle 5 contains the report about septic system and the bedroom capacity that property hold based on the septic system. For example, if the septic capacity is 2bedroom and your house has 3bedrooms it should be marketed as 2 bedroom house regardless of the extra bedroom that exists! Tittle 5 also requires the owner to get their septic system tested before selling a property to the buyers.
- Smoke Detectors
This is fairly and easy test to check the functionality of the existing smoke detectors. In some estate, it is a requirement to have operating smoke detectors before selling any property. Either the current owner or the service provider company will provide a certificate saying that the property has working smoke and carbon detectors.
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