Home Inspections Matter – I’ve said it before, and If you stick around long enough, I’ll say it again.
Final Price of the Home: Negotiable.
Closing Date: Negotiable.
Professional Inspection: NON-Negotiable.
Even if you are buying a brand new home, you need an inspection to ensure your property is in good working order, and to protect the value of what is likely to be your biggest financial investment.
So what types of things is a property inspector looking for? Let’s take a look at the Top Ten Defects that might be uncovered in a home inspection. This is not a comprehensive list by any means, but is a list of some of most common issues an inspector might uncover.
Home Inspection: Top Ten Defects – Part I
1. Roof and Siding
An experienced, certified inspector will look beyond the exterior appearance of the roof to determine the roof’s age, which will let you know how much life if left in your roof.
Replacing windows throughout a home can cost thousands of dollars, but knowing their condition up front may give you leverage in negotiating a lower price for the home or a shared expense with the seller in replacing worn out windows.
The grading of the land around your potential home is vitally important. Does the backyard and surrounding landscape slope away from your home appropriately to divert water from your property? An experienced inspector can help you reduce or avoid major water related damage and expense due to improperly graded earth around the foundation of your home.
4. The Basement
If your basement is a potential flood zone or has had moisture issues in the past, you’ll want to know before you buy. Inspectors are trained to find signs of past water damage or current moisture issues.
5. Insulation and Ventilation
Inadequate ventilation can affect the structure of your home, including breakdown of material in your roof, and if you buy a home in the summer and certain rooms are lacking in insulation, you’ll be sorry when winter hits. Insulation and ventilation may be unseen by the naked eye of you, the buyer, but this is an item your inspector should examine on your behalf.
Come back soon for Part II – the additional 5 of the Top Ten Defects your Home Inspector is looking for.