When purchasing a home, you may think that an inspection is a waste of money; especially if it’s a new build. Regardless of whether you’re purchasing a brand new home or one that’s pre-owned, don’t skimp on the home inspection! A home inspector will go over the home you’re purchasing with a fine toothed comb. When your realtor shows you a property, you only get to see so much. You aren’t delving into breakers, plumbing, and other home systems. For the most part; if you like the layout and the overall beauty of the home, you’re satisfied.
Having a professional home inspection will put your mind at ease knowing that you shouldn’t run into costly repairs any time soon. Here are a few areas where your home inspector will explore.
Purchasing a home with any kind of electrical issues can cost you a bucket of money and scarier that that; it could cost the lives of your family. You need to be sure that the electrical system is robust enough to run your home’s appliances, HVAC, lighting, etc. efficiently and safely. The inspector will conduct an electrical home inspection that will not only check to be sure the wiring is in tact and safe; but also for any damage that may be a result of critters chewing through lines.
The inspection can also answer question to allow you to futureproof your home, to be sure you’ll have enough power for future purchases. You may be dreaming of getting a larger TV, extra appliances like a wine fridge, or even adding a spa. They’ll be able to give you a good indication as to whether or not you’ll need to add a larger breaker box or more amperage to the home.
Did you know that you can have an inspection to determine how stormproof your home is? If you live in a location that is particularly windy and rainy, then you can ask for an expert to inspect your home to see how it would hold up to a very bad storm. They’ll let you know where your weak spots are, such as the loose tiles on the roof, poor door sealing, or any flooding concerns. Crucially, you’ll be given advice on how you could improve your home without in a cost effective way. You can also be shown what type of irrigation systems to install to carry water away from your home during big storms.
If you’re purchasing a home that was built prior to 1978, you’ll need to have it tested for lead based paint. Most homes built before they banned it’s use that year will likely have rooms or trim that is painted it. Don’t think that a home with lead-based paint is no big deal. Exposure to it can cause a variety of health conditions.
When lead is absorbed into the body vital organs can be affected. It can cause damage to kidneys, the brain, and nerves as well. Leas may also lead to behavioral issues and even cause learning disabilities. In the most extreme conditions, death is even a possibility. If the home you’re purchasing tests for lead paint in your inspection, it needs to be removed. This will be a discussion to have with the sellers.
After the inspection
You will be given a detailed report from the inspector after he completes the job. You will then need to decide which items are most important. If the HVAC isn’t heating or cooling properly; definitely discuss replacement before purchase. Think in terms of big ticket repairs you’ll be responsible for after you close. Besides big ticket items, think of the areas the inspection pointed to that can be a danger to your family. You can replace an air conditioner but not a family member. Let the inspector do his job and you be sure you’ll enjoy your new home without issues.