You have invested much time searching for your next home and have finally found the ideal place. It has all the elements you want and the location is perfect. But, unless you know the ins and outs of home construction and the various systems and components involved, you have another investment to make – the home inspection. Yes, you could forgo the home inspection and save money, but is it worth it?
As you viewed the potential home, chances are you did not check out the “behind the scenes” areas. But these are just as important as location and square footage. When you hire a home inspector, you are paying for their knowledge and experience in spotting potential budget-breaking problems.
The money invested in a home inspection will give you a better understanding of the home. In addition, a home inspection is just as important for a new home build as it is for a home that is decades old. After all, just because the home is new, there’s no guarantee that it is problem-free.
What Does a Standard Home Inspection Include?
The standard home inspection means that every aspect of a home will be looked at and written down. You don’t have to be there for the inspection, but it is recommended. Once the inspection is completed, you will receive a thorough report detailing any issues or causes for concern. That information can help you as you negotiate the price you pay for a home. A standard home inspection will report -but is not limited to – the following:
- Electrical System– Old wiring or incorrectly done wiring can result in a fire or not having electricity where you need it.
- HVAC – Does the heating and cooling systems work properly? What does the ductwork look like? Have the vents been cleaned or replaced? An inspection will let you know the answers to these questions and any other HVAC concerns.
- Plumbing – Even small leaks can be detected by the trained eye. An inspection will reveal any leaks, or even potential leaks or plumbing problems.
- Chimney– If you plan on using the fireplace, you need to know the status of the dampers, flu, liner and chimney cap, etc.
- Roof – What shape is the roof in? Will it need replacing sooner rather than later? Are there shingles or granules missing? These repairs can be expensive. You don’t want to find out they are needed after you have moved in.
- Foundation -How sturdy is the foundation? Are there any cracks? Your home needs a firm foundation; else, you will eventually be looking for a new place to live!
- Doors and windows – If these are not properly installed, or they stick,they will need to be repaired or replaced. Also, if there are gaps around windowsills or doorframes caulk will be needed.
- Insulation -How much insulation is in the home or attic?Not enough insulation can cost you more in heating and cooling.
- Water Heater – How old is the water heater? A water heater doesn’t last forever. If the home you are looking at has an older water heater, you may need to purchase a new one sooner than you might like.
A home inspection is not just something to overlook. It is the best way to go into home buying negotiations and come out a winner. A Champia home inspection means you will be well informed so that you can get the best price possible on your new home. Talk to us today to learn more.