You are in the market to buy homes and have gone through all the necessary steps to find the one that is just right for you. Now that you have, try not to fall head over heels in love with it until you get a home inspection to ensure that it is in acceptable condition. The inspection goes a long way in setting your mind at ease by reassuring you that the price that you and the seller have agreed upon is really worth it.
Why is A Home Inspection Important?
From the seller’s point of view, a pre-sale inspection allows you to identify and appropriately, address problems before you actually put the house on the market. It also improves the speed, price and likelihood of a sale by removing any questions about the state of your home for buyers.
How Is A Home Inspection Performed?
A home inspection is the process by which a limited, non-invasive home examination is carried out to assess its condition. Some buyers mistakenly think that a home inspection will also verify compliance with appropriate codes but it may not.
The home inspection is most often completed in connection with the sale of the house. A report is submitted to the client who can then use this to help him make a final decision about whether or not to seal the deal and purchase the house. The inspector’s report should describe the state of the property at the time of inspection. It by no means guarantees the property’s future condition or the life expectancy of any included components.
Problems a Home Inspection Will Not Detect
Most of us have heard stories of the strange things home inspectors discover. These range from pipes that lead to nowhere; collections of dead rodents and other pests; and makeshift head-scratching repairs. On the other hand, the following is a list of problems that may not be detected in an inspection.
A home inspector does not actually climb up onto a roof to check its condition. He instead will generally examine it from the ground using binoculars or by looking out of higher windows to survey the roofing below. While the inspector will take note of torn or missing shingles and nail pops, it is best advised to get a roofing contract to check for full-fledged problems.
2. Faulty Appliances
A home inspector should check all major appliances to determine whether they are functioning properly. However, for a complete test of appliances you may want to have a technician to run them through one or two cycles to detect any operational issues.
3. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
These are sometimes left unchecked because a technician may be reluctant to run the air conditioning in intense cold weather or to check the furnace in sweltering heat.
As you can see there are several things that a home inspector may not discover. However, the benefits of getting a home inspection prove themselves again and again.