You’ve been looking for a house to buy for a while, and you finally think you’ve found one you can see yourself making into a home. That’s great! Before you go to contract, there’s an important step to plan: the home inspection.
The Importance of a Home Inspection
The inspection is an imperative part in trying to choose the perfect home. Skip it, and you run the risk of uncovering tons of issues that may have been hidden from the naked eye after it’s too late. The inspection is also the buyer’s responsibility. It’s recommended, when negotiating the contract, for the buyer to request that any offer be contingent on an inspection. Doing so helps to protect you, as the buyer, from getting stuck with a home that has problems that you weren’t ready to deal with. There are several types of inspections that are recommended to be completed before purchasing.
So, what kinds of inspections are there? Read on to find out!
The structural inspection is done by a certified inspector who will check to ensure that the home is in accordance with ASHE standards. Some of the aspects the inspector will cover include:
- Proper installation of sewage/plumbing systems (you can also ask for a septic inspection in addition)
- Correct wiring of electrical system
- Structural/foundational issues
You definitely don’t want to end up with an infestation that you were unaware of before you bought the house. During a pest inspection, the inspector will look for:
- Signs of current infestation
- Any damage from a current/past infestation
- Whether or not repairs have ever been made because of an infestation
- Whether or not there has ever been an infestation in the home
Radon is a Cancer-causing carcinogen. It is odorless and colorless, meaning it is pretty much impossible to detect on your own. You can (and should) have your potential home tested for Radon. This is especially true if the seller of the home you want to buy has not had the home tested within the last two years.
Lead Paint (homes built in or before 1978)
If the home in question was built after 1978, then lead paint is probably not going to be an issue. If lead paint is detected in the home, a lead abatement should be performed to eliminate all lead-based paint hazards.
Tests can also be done to test the quality of the water your home uses. Testing the water can discover contaminants, such as:
- E. coli
- Other toxins
Remember, it is your responsibility as the buyer to request and complete all inspections within five to ten days of submitting an offer. If these inspections are overlooked in an attempt to save time and money, you could be faced with bigger problems later that could cost you more time and money than the inspections!