All about Home Inspections

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So you are in the process of buying a new home? Or perhaps you are in the midst of a major remodel and need to have your home inspected in order to get final approval, or to make sure it meets code, or for any number of reasons?

There are quite a few things that people may not realize when it comes to home inspections. Here are some things for you to keep in mind when getting ready.

Why you need a home inspection?

Well, realistically, the purchase of a home is most likely going to be one of the largest investments you are going to make in your lifetime. Shouldn’t you make sure that you know everything you can about that investment? A home inspection allows you to get as much information as possible about the condition of the home you are about to buy. Some things a home inspection is going to look at include:

  • The foundation

  • The electrical system

  • Heating

  • Ventilation

  • Air conditioning systems

  • Plumbing

  • Floors

  • Walls

  • Ceilings

  • Appliances

Basically, a home inspection is going to point out any areas that could be a potential problem. Wouldn’t you want to know what you are getting into?

Why is it important to use a good inspector?

Well, a good inspector is going to be knowledgeable about all of those different components and able to spot a potential problem. They can think through the condition of the structure and all of its components and see whether or not something is likely to fail or otherwise cause you grief in the near future.  

There are different Types of Inspections

  • Termite/pest inspection – checking for signs of structural damage made by insects that eat wood

  • Foundation inspection – makes sure that the foundation of the home is structurally sound

  • Chimney inspection – Does the home have a fireplace? Then you may need one.

  • Water Inspection – Water testing is important if the home has a well system, to make sure the water is safe.

  • Mold testing

  • Lead paint testing

  • Radon testing

There are a lot of things that could go wrong with your new home.  Make sure you are armed with all of the information you can before you jump in!