Below are just a few reasons why you need an inspection before you purchase a home !!
. Are all of the electrical receptales wired properly for polarity?
. Do the attic and crawl space have sufficient ventilation?
. Is the HVAC system operating and vented properly?
. Is the roof flashed properly ?
. Is the electrical panel properly grounded ?
. Is there rotted wood on the exterior of the house ?
. Are the drains properly trapped to prevent sewer gases from entering the house ?
. Are there signs of water intrusion ?
. Do you know the difference between a normal foundation crack and a serious structural crack ?
Most 0f your inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancies and minor imperfections. These are nice to know about. However, the issues that really matter will fall into four
1. Major Defects. An example of this would be a structural failure.
2. Things that lead to major defects. A small roof- flashing leak, for example.
3. Things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home.
4. Safety hazards ,such as improper wiring.
Anything in theses categories should be addressed . Often a serious problem can be corrected
inexpensively to protect both life and property ( especially in categories 2 and 4 ).
Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection.
Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair anything mentioned in the report. No home is
perfect. Keep things in perspective. Don't kill your deal over things that don't matter. It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance,conditions already listed on the seller's disclosure, or nit-picky item's.
What's covered in an inspection:
. Structural condition and basement
. Electrical, plumbing, water heater, heating, and cooling
. Quality, condition, and life expectancy of major systems
. Kitchen and appliances
. General interior, including ceilings, wall, windows, insulation, and ventilation
. General exterior, including roof, gutter, chimney, drainage, grading
"Feel confident about the purchase
of your new home"
What's not covered in an inspection:
Environmental hazards including but
not limited to:
.Wood destroying insects