When you purchase a home, you are making one of the most important buying decisions in your lifetime. You need to be confident that the home you are buying is in good condition. As a buyer you need to be able to evaluate the significance of any defects.
One of the best moves you can make when buying a home is to hire a trained professional home inspector. Your agent should be able to provide you with a list of home inspectors to choose from.
The home inspector will give you an impartial detailed look at the condition of the home you are purchasing. The inspector will:
- Assess the overall condition of the structure of the home, along with the construction and mechanical systems.
- Identify items in the home that are in need of repair or replacement.
- Give an estimate of the remaining useful life of major systems (heating, plumbing, electrical, a/c), equipment, structure and finishes.
Once the inspection is complete, you should receive a detailed written report from the inspector, describing their findings. Be sure to review this report with your agent.
With major systems such as heating and air conditioning it is sometimes wise to pay a little extra and have a separate inspection by an HVAC professional. Repair or replacement of these systems can cost thousands of dollars and a little extra spent upfront can save a lot down the road.
There are numerous specialized inspections that can be performed prior to purchasing a home: roof, electrical, sewer/septic, water, radon, mold, the list goes on. Read your home inspection report and decide if you need to hire a specialized professional to look further.
It is also a good idea to have a pest inspection done by a professional pest control service and this may be required by your lender.
A good home inspection can save you money and give you peace of mind.
If you are in the market to buy a home or just considering your options, it costs nothing to learn more. Call or email Linda for a free, no-obligation, no pressure consultation – 910.409.3519, Linda@LindaMehner.com.