Many people fall in love with a home due to its shiny features like stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, or a gleaming master bathroom with beautiful tile work. But before you fall in love, you’ll need to have a home inspection done.
Importance of a Home Inspection
Home inspections are important because you can’t assume there aren’t any problems just because the house looks great. It would be a total nightmare to be dealing with a money pit when you thought you were buying something that appeared problem free. It’s hard to see if there are problems with the foundation, plumbing or wiring unless you’re trained to know what to look for. These are just a few of the problems that can be hiding in a home you’re falling in love with. Home inspections need to be done on a home you want to fix-up or one that is brand new. A home needs to be inspected as soon as the purchase agreement has been signed. Just make sure the final purchase is contingent on the findings of the inspection. The peace of mind you’ll get from a home inspection is well worth the cost of it.
Home Inspection Checklist
Areas of a home inspection that must be included are the heating and cooling system, the foundation, the roof, the electrical system and the plumbing. Home inspectors may suggest that you need further inspection by someone trained in a specific area. You will save yourself some money in the future by making sure you hire a licensed contract to further inspect important areas of the home.
• Heating and cooling. The HVAC system in a home will last between 10 and 20 years and will depend on the maintenance it has received. A home inspection will find any problems or defects and will also let you know if the systems have lasted past their design life.
• Foundation. When the foundation of a home has problems, it’s serious. The house may be sinking if there’s water collecting near the foundation. It can also occur when there are cracks in the exterior walls, windows that stick and floors that sag. These signs indicate an expensive problem.
• Roof. When a roof leaks, there will be water damage in the home. Water damage leads to mold and can become a serious health hazard. A close inspection of the roof must be done. If it’s not part of the inspection you should hire a roof specialist.
• Electrical system. Serious consequences can occur when there are problems with the electrical system. The wiring system of the home will be inspected closely. Homes that have had DIY work will be easy to spot by a professional.
• Plumbing. This part of the inspection will look for leaks or indications that water has been dripping from pipes. Floors that appear warped is another indication of plumbing issues, as are stains on walls and ceilings.
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Bottom line, a home inspection will let you know the condition of a home. This allows you to decide if any findings are deal breakers. Contact the professionals at JMark Inspections to schedule a home inspection today!