Home inspection is the examination of the physical structure and systems of a home which gives a detailed image of the condition of the home at the time of inspection. Normally, home inspections are conducted to reduce some of the risks that are involved in buying a home. The inspection covers any health and safety issues in addition to the areas requiring repair or replacement. Below are some ways in which home inspection can be fruitful.
Attend the Inspection
It is good that you attend the home inspection and be prepared to ask questions and point out specific problems that you would like to check out further. This will be the first time the home inspector has been at the property, therefore, your knowledge of potential issues is invaluable.
Find Someone You can Trust
Finding your home inspector can really give you a peace of mind. Your realtor might have a few inspectors that they can recommend, but you should try to find your own. An inspector who is not working with your realtor doesn’t have any royalty to them meaning that they will talk freely and openly about any potential problems. You might have to pay a little more for a good home inspector, but compared to the purchase price of a home, it is worth the investment.
Take Pictures for Proof
A good home inspector will carry with them a camera on the inspection. The inspector will also be getting into places that you will not want to get into like the attic, the roof, crawl space and under decks. Ask the inspector to take pictures of any potential issues that arise so you can see it for yourself and make sure that you fully understand the problem.
Don’t be Afraid of Asking Questions
Your reason for hiring a home inspector is because he has the necessary knowledge to evaluate whether or not it’s a wise decision to buy the property. The home inspector’s time and knowledge should be respected but should you not understand anything he says, or something doesn’t look right, speak up. It is much better to ask any question you have now than wait for a problem to arise later.
Look for Cosmetic Fixes
Freshly-painted walls and new floors portray a picture that the owner cares about the house on sale. But sometimes these could beauty cove up of underlying problems. Pay close attention to any suspicious fixes like only a part of the wall patched or only a part of the wall being freshly painted.
Try the Plumbing System
Decreased water pressure or a slow drain could be a sign of a larger plumbing issue. Also, ensure that the tubs and shower pans are tested for leaks.