Why a House Inspection?

By: Jean Boynton

Why a House Inspection?

Tags: buying,selling,planning,protection, knowledge,

A house is likely the largest investment most individuals will ever make in their lifetime.

For this reason , its beneficial that a Home Buyer gain a better understanding of the home before they commit. A home Inspection can provide the Buyer with a greater measure of protection from unpleasant surprises in the future. It will provide valuable information about repairs or replacements requiring your immediate or future attention.
Accompanying the Home Inspector during visit can also provide you with another opportunity to view the property and gain valuable information how various systems and components work around the home. Better yet you will learn about the maintenance on the house required for future.

Having a home inspected by a professional can greatly reduce a Buyers apprehension and assist the real estate transaction to move forward.

What Do Home Inspectors Look For?

A visual inspection may include:
Property & Site- a check on such things as the grade of the lot, vegetation interfering with utility lines or overhanging the house, overall condition of the decks, patios, walkways and driveways.
Roof- the estimated age and condition are noted along with examination of the flashing, chimneys, fascia and soffit.
Exterior- check the condition of the siding, walls, trim, windows and doors.
Interiors- room by room check of the walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors including evidence of water seepage, cracks and stains


Heating & Cooling- all systems will be turned on and checked for working condition
Electrical- the panel cover is removed & a check of the services is made. Switches and receptacles will be checked as well.
Plumbing- water pressure, leaks and drainage will be observed as well as noting the type of system and piping material
Foundation/Basement- cracks and irregularities are checked as well as signs of water/moisture penetration

Attic- checked for insulation, ventilation, vapor barriers as well as signs of moisture/water penetration
 
How is the purchaser protected by a pre-purchase inspection?

Knowledge is power, and by learning all you can about the prospective property you equip yourself with knowledge.

The written report you receive identifies not only the positive aspects of the home, but points out the major defects or repairs that you may not have been aware of. This provides you with the opportunity to budget for these repairs or upgrades.

In recent years, however, some sellers have taken the reins and obtained a pre-listing home inspection before their home even hits the market.  There are a number of reasons why a pre-listing home inspection can benefit sellers.

1.   Be the first to find out about any problems. Obtaining an inspection before listing a home puts the seller in the driver’s seat when it comes to necessary fixes, whether major or minor. Some buyers will get hung up on small repairs, especially if a few start piling up during a home inspection. By having a pre-listing inspection done, the seller can repair leaky faucets, secure handrails on staircases, improve inadequate insulation, etc. before buyers begin viewing their home. And if there are major issues discovered, the seller can decide how to proceed, attaching any repair estimates or paid invoices to the inspection report. 

2.   It encourages a firm deal. If a buyer can view a completed home inspection report before making their offer, they know exactly what they purchasing and will likely feel more comfortable forgoing a home inspection condition in the offer. 

Contact our office today for a list of qualified professionals to assist you throughout your home buying or selling journey.