Before purchasing a home, it is most important to have a thorough home inspection done, so you don’t regret skipping it later, if problems become apparent. Be sure to have a good home inspection done.
A home inspection is a professional and objective evaluation of the current condition of a house. Home inspections are most often performed at the request of the buyer as part of the home buying process. Occasionally, the buyer’s bank protects itself from risky investments by requiring it, but it also protects the purchaser from unforeseen problems. In the event problems are found, a seller may be asked to effect repairs, to pay for the repairs or to renegotiate the sale price.
Sometimes a home seller requests the service prior to putting it on the market, so that problems with a house may be addressed.
The cost of common home repairs should be well understood by a competent home inspector. A professional home inspection is most valuable because it is unbiased and knowledgeable. According to industry accepted standards, a quality home inspection is non-invasive when performed. An inspector will not remove wall surfaces or drill holes.
A typical home inspection will inspect the following areas:
It is possible for the roof to be problematic. The general shingle condition, flashings, gutters and downspouts, should all be inspected, not to mention the readily accessible, viewable, general structure of the roof.
Defects in siding, flashings, brick, or other wall coverings should be viewed on the exterior of the home; doors and windows for fit; proper rails and general conditions, including rot, on porches and steps; if there is poor surface drainage, it could impact the house’s structure. You also need them to look for signs of shifting – cracks, out of square door frames; evidence of penetrating water.
A minor part of the overall cost of a real estate transaction, a professional quality home inspection is well worth what it costs, considering its value adds reliability and certainty. The cost of not knowing can be considerable – you just never know.
A home inspector looks at many things. The inspection report will identify problems with the home. Often accompanied by photographs, it will describe the findings in clear and easy to understand language. The home inspector may point out the various findings in person while visiting the home with the client.
The cost of a professional quality home inspection is usually in a range between $250-$500, and varies according to the size and the age of the house. If a special deal at a lower cost is offered, the prospective client must determine if the inspection follows all industry accepted standards.
If you are a seller, an inspection can help you market your house more effectively. Minor repairs will pay off in getting a better price if you do them. Unnoticed and potentially costly repairs which will be needed for the house will be brought to a buyer’s attention by the inspection. Some might break the deal. Having the inspector’s evaluation can help you get the very best deal if you do decide to buy the house.