Home Inspections …… Don’t buy a home without one!

Although, I am not a home inspector, after years of attending home inspections with different home inspectors in Florida, Hawaii and Arizona, of single family homes and condos, let me share some of what I have learned to question. Because the inspector is working for the Buyer, the Buyer pays for the inspections. They are generally reasonable and worth every penny! An inspection can cost far less than an undiscovered problem. Your Buyer’s Agent can get a quote of the cost/s.

Make sure you have an experienced, properly licensed home inspector preferably with a construction background.

Make sure you and or your agent is present while the inspection is taking place.

Make sure your inspection provides pictures alongside the report.

Read over the Sellers Disclosure Statement prior to the inspection and highlight any areas of concern.

Have your agent schedule the inspection as soon as timing will allow. This will allow enough time research any problems that may arise and enough time to decide how and when you intend to resolve the issue. You may to get quotes for labor and supplies, generally from licensed parties to fix the deficiencies. You may not want to proceed with the purchase once the problems and costs are evident. You want to be able to get your deposit returned and walk away in that case. So timing can be important.

Request a Termite Inspection? I have heard homes in some southern states described as follows: “there are two types of homes in the south, the ones that have termites & the ones that are going to get them” Termites are found in every state in the U.S., except Alaska. Because they thrive in warm climates, termite activity is greatest in the South, Southeast, West and Southwest.There are about 45 different kinds of species of termites found in the U.S., each of which falls into one of the three main termite types – subterranean, drywood or dampwood.

If the property has a pool, a pool inspector could be necessary to check out the structure as well as the electrical & plumbing systems.

If there has been a roof repair or the inspector may determine there is an active leak up in the attic that the Seller may not have even known and you may need to get a roof company to inspect the situation.

If the property has a septic, septic field or septic tank these should be inspected by a septic company. There could be cracks, holes, broken parts and pieces of concern.

Has there been any naturally occurring radon gas reported in the area or perhaps detected in the home? There are licensed inspectors for this as well.

Was the home or condo built prior to 1979? Maybe LBP (lead based paint) is an issue?

Are there smoke detectors?

Do the windows and doors function properly?

Is the electrical box up to date? Is there adequate electrical for the appliances and electrical set up in the home? Perhaps a licensed electrician is needed?

What is the plumbing situation like? Have there been any plumbing leaks, if so have they been fixed? and properly?

Is the structure sound? Are there any cracks in the ceiling? floors? walls?

Are the eaves filled with debris? leaking?

Is the vegetation outside two feet from the exterior of the structure?

Are there tree roots lifting the driveway?

Your Buyer’s Agent can make sure you hire a qualified and properly licensed Home Inspection Company. Remember: “Buyer Beware” There are lots of questions when buying one of the largest investments you will buy in your lifetime. Your Home Inspector can give you the answers you need. Don’t buy a home without one!