Make sure to get a Home Inspection!
1. WHAT DOES A house INSPECTOR DO, AND HOW DOES AN INSPECTION FIGURE IN THE PURCHASE OF A house?
An inspector checks the safety of your potential new house. house Inspectors focus especially on the structure, construction, and mechanical systems of the house and will make you aware of only repairs,that are needed.
The Inspector does not evaluate whether or not you're getting good value for your money. Generally, an inspector checks (and gives prices for repairs on): the electrical system, plumbing and waste disposal, the water heater, insulation and Ventilation, the HVAC system, water source and quality, the potential presence of pests, the foundation, doors, windows, ceilings, walls, floors, and roof. Be sure to hire a house inspector that is qualified and experienced.
Home Inspection Tips
1. It's a good idea to have an inspection before you sign a written offer since, once the deal is closed, you've bought the house as is." Or, you may want to include an inspection clause in the offer when negotiating for a house. An inspection t clause gives you an 'out" on buying the house if serious problems are found,or gives you the ability to renegotiate the purchase price if repairs are needed. An inspection clause can also specify that the seller must fix the problem(s) before you purchase the house.
2. DO I NEED TO BE THERE FOR THE INSPECTION? It's not required, but it's a good idea. Following the inspection, the house inspector will be able to answer questions about the report and any problem areas. This is also an opportunity to hear an objective opinion on the house you'd I like to purchase and it is a good time to ask general, maintenance questions.
3. ARE OTHER TYPES OF INSPECTIONS REQUIRED? If your house inspector discovers a serious problem a more specific Inspection may be recommended. It's a good idea to consider having your house inspected for the presence of a variety of health-related risks like radon gas asbestos, or possible problems with the water or waste disposal system.
4. HOW CAN I PROTECT MY FAMILY FROM LEAD IN THE house? If the house you're considering was built before 1978 and you have children under the age of seven, you will want to have an inspection for lead-based point. It's important to know that lead flakes from paint can be present in both the house and in the soil surrounding the house. The problem can be fixed temporarily by repairing damaged paint surfaces or planting grass over effected soil. Hiring a lead abatement contractor to remove paint chips and seal damaged areas will fix the problem permanently.