Before you close on a home, a home inspector will conduct a review of the property to ensure safety, let you know what needs to be repaired or what will need to be replaced in the near future, and more.
A home inspector is hired by the buyer, and examines the house thoroughly for non-functioning systems, damages and repairs that may be needed. A thorough inspection covers various items, and typically takes a few hours depending on the size of your home.
What do home inspectors look for? Here are the most common things a home inspector will check during the home inspection process:
• Foundation and structure
• General construction overall
• Heating and cooling
• Windows and doors
• Kitchen and bathroom
• Appliances — Be sure to turn on utilities in a vacant home.
• Interior walls and ceiling
• Air conditioning
• Ventilation and drainage
• Gutters and leaders
• Garages and carports
• Patios and decks
• Walks and driveways
• Lawn sprinklers
• Pools and spas
• Termites and wood destroying organisms
During the home inspection process, keep in mind that every house is going to have issues. Once you know about repairs and potential problems, it is then up to you to decide what is a deal breaker.
It’s important to have a home inspector for a few reasons:
• Knowledge — Know what you’re buying.
• Peace of mind — Know you’re making a sound buying decision.
• Fewer surprises — Limits the number of problems you may find after moving in. If an issue is uncovered, there is still time to negotiate with seller to have them pay for repairs.
• Education — Learn the basics of your new home, such as main systems.
Donald Horne, Team Success Listing
Associate Broker-Coldwell Banker Shooltz Realty
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