Home Inspection – Why Do You Need One?

Every home buyer knows that buying a home is one of the biggest investments they are going to make. A home inspection identifies problems that already exist, so you will know what preventative measures to take to avoid future costly repairs. A home inspection also indicates the positive aspects of a home, in addition as the maintenance that will be necessary to keep your home in good shape. Afterwords, you will have a clearer understanding of the condition of your home.

A home inspection includes a thorough evaluation of the following:

GROUNDS – driveway, sidewalks, retaining walls, grading, patios, covers to decks/porches, decks/porches, exterior stairways and fences/gates.

EXTERIOR/FOUNDATION – exterior walls, trim, chimney(s), slab-on-grade, crawlspace, basement, floor construction and framing.

ROOF – roofing style, composition, flashings, gutters/downspouts and attic area.

PLUMBING – main line, supply lines, waste lines, sprinklers, hose faucets, fuel system and water heater(s)

HEATING – heating and fuel kind, condition of system, venting, combustion air, burners, heating dispensing (ducts/registers, pipes/radiators, electric/baseboard), normal controls and air filters.

ELECTRICAL / AIR CONDITIONING – kind of service (overhead, underground, voltage), main panel, conductors, sub-panels, wiring, kind of air conditioning system, condition of system and condensation/refrigerant lines.

INTERIOR – doors (entry), doors (interior), windows, interior walls, ceilings, floors, fireplace(s) and interior features.

GARAGE / LAUNDRY AREA – floor, walls, ceiling, ventilation, door to living space, exterior door, means door, automatic opener, electrical and laundry (water/waste pipes, electrical, dryer venting).

KITCHEN – general items (counters, tiles, laminate, cabinets, flooring), kitchen sink(s), garbage disposal, range/cooktop, dishwasher and special features (trash compactor, microwave, etc.).

BATHROOM(S) – general items (counters, tiles, laminate, cabinets, flooring), toilet, sink(s), electrical, ventilation, heating, bathtub(s) and shower(s).

A home inspector may use the following tools; a co2 (gas) detector, water pressure gauge, and an infrared camera. An infrared camera can ‘see’ within different areas of the home to clarify unseen water leaks, inadequate insulation coverage, ‘hot spots’ in the electrical outlets, switches, and main panel box, and can test the temperature output from the heating and cooling units.

Additional sets are obtainable upon request; radon testing, rule based paint, termite inspection, asbestos and mold. Some edges require the completion of a home inspection and they can also be utilized as a negotiation tool in the pricing of the home with the seller. The few hundred dollars you use on a home inspection today, will help to fix minor repairs before they rule to costly repairs in the future.

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