Why A Home Inspection?
Whether you are looking to buy or sell a home, you should have a professional home inspection conducted by a certified home inspector. If you are buying a home, a home inspector will ensure the systems and foundation of the home are free from severe damages that may increase your liability in the future. That being said, if you are selling a home, failing to receive a satisfactory home inspection will make it very difficult to sell your property. Having a pre-sale home inspection completed prior to listing your home may also make your home more attractive to potential buyers.
General home inspection items include:
• Structural (walls, ceilings, floors, roof, foundation etc)
• Exterior (landscaping, grading, elevation, drainage, windows, trim etc)
• Roofing (ventilation, framing, gutters etc)
• Plumbing (drain, waste, pipes, toilets, showers, sinks etc)
• Electrical (circuit breakers, main panel, wiring, grounding, exhaust fans, light fixtures etc)
• Appliances (dishwasher, oven, garbage disposal etc)
If you are purchasing a home, you need to know any underlying issues with the home before you close the deal. A professional home inspector will disclose any known problems with the home that may affect your buying decision. Should there be any known issues found during the home inspection, your agent will be able to assist you in determining the best steps to take, which may include requesting the seller to recitfy the issues prior to closing the deal, renegotiating the offer, or potentially walking away from the offer.
If you are selling a home, you should know about any hidden problems before your home goes on the market. Usually, any buyers will require a professional home inspection as one of the conditions before they decide to finalize their purchase. If the inspector addresses any serious problems, the buyer may likely walk away from the deal. Any issues with the home should be fixed before your home is put on the market. This will make selling your home a lot easier.