Before you close the sale, it's important to perform your due diligence in regards to your home purchase. Your agent can help refer you to an experienced home inspector to ensure that you are informed on any potential damages and improvements needed. Making sure that your home is properly inspected prior to closing the sale will ensure that you are safe in your new home and that your investment is transparent and well-informed.
A home inspector will assess the following:
Structure and Foundation: He or she will inspect the framework and foundation of the property to ensure that there is no structural damage and that the framework can withstand gravity and weather conditions.
Plumbing, Heating, & Electrical: Your home inspector will review the water heating systems, plumbing system, drainage, water pressure, flues and chimneys, and all of the wiring. They will look for potential problem indicators such as rusting piping, corrosion, and disconnected or worn wiring.
Exterior & Interior: The inspector will look at the outside paneling, exterior water drainage, siding, windows and doors, walls, flooring, steps and stairway railings, garage door systems, and all internal appliances. They will look to ensure that all of these features are up to code and there are no problems with them.
Roofing: He or she will ensure that your roof is in good condition and is able to withstand incliment weather. The home inspector will check for loose tiling, structural roof damage, buckled shingles and ensure there are proper roof drainage systems and well-maintained gutters.
Ventilation: Ventilation affects energy efficiency and air quality in your home. The inspector will check that the walls and attic are well ventilated and insulated and are appropriate to the local climate.
Air Conditioning & Fireplaces: Air conditioning and fireplaces can be potential hazards if they are not properly installed. The home inspector will check to ensure that the age and energy rating of your cooling system are appropriate and any fireplaces are properly installed and ventilated.
Making sure to have your home inspected is a key part of the homebuying process. It ensures your home is safe and in-compliance with all building codes and safety guidelines. If any repairs are needed, you and your agent will discuss the options with the seller prior to finalizing your purchase agreement.