So you’re feeling like an expert on homes after a few weekends of watching back-to-back HGTV episodes?
Yeah, it happens.
Even though you may have a little bit of “street cred” on noticing issues such as signs of water damage, sloping or bowing walls, drywall pops, roof leaks or missing shingles and other wear and tear, when buying a home, you need to hire a professional to perform a home inspection.
A home inspector is trained to inspect all the major systems of a home: plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling, and will look for structural defects of malfunctions, in these areas as well as the roofing, foundation and drainage. Any damage due to pests or insect infestations will also be evaluated and a thorough review of the attic, garage and exterior of the home will be done. The interior will also get a critical review with focus on the construction of the doors, windows, ceilings and walls. All in all, the home will be scanned from top to bottom in order to discover any problems.
The home inspection will take two to three hours and will cost anywhere from $200 to over $500, depending on the location, size, age and type of home. Some home inspectors also provide services not included in a typical home inspection such as mold, radon, water bacteria, lead based paint and septic system testing as well as thermal imagery. It is recommended that you, as the potential homebuyer, be present during the inspection so that you can learn more, ask questions and get a true idea of the problems discovered…be those minor or serious.
Once the home inspection is complete, the inspector will provide a detailed report that will diagnose the current condition of the home, such as foundation, roofing, walls and structure.
The key to your home inspection is to find a qualified, trustworthy professional home inspector. It’s an asset to find inspectors who are thorough and reputable to eliminate any unanswered questions or surprises during your home buying process.
As your Realtor, I am here to help you with every aspect of buying your new home…from the canvassing of the MIBOR listings all the way to your closing. Contact me with any questions. I look forward to working with you!