Understanding Home Inspection Process – Part 1

Part 1 – Understanding the Home Inspection Process — Do I Need a Home Inspection?
Welcome to part 1 of our Understanding the Home Inspection Process series where we will be discussing the sometime confusing home inspection process. Most people have heard of a home inspector. However, in most cases, a homeowner rarely calls a home inspector unless they are selling or buying a home and their real estate agent has suggested getting a home inspection completed. Though there are other uses for a home inspector, the most common use of a home inspection is when you are buying a home.
So what is a home inspection? A home inspection is one of the most vital parts of the home buying experience. It is the best way to know the true condition of the house you are buying or selling. It will help you determine if your house is ready to sell or if it is a house you truly want to buy. Without a home inspection, many small things can get by the average home buyer that could potentially cost a lot of money in the short-run.
It is advisable to get a full copy of a recent home inspection on a house you are considering purchasing. If a home inspection has not been done, and, in some cases, even if it has, it is a good idea to hire your own home inspector to check out the house. If you do not know of any home inspectors, your real estate agent can usually give you a list of home inspectors to interview in your area. One of the best ways is to check with friends and colleagues to see if they can refer any home inspectors that they have use and were pleased with.
A home inspector will come to the house and inspect it from top to bottom. They will inspect almost every part of the house to check for defects, problems, and issues. Any needed repairs will be identified by the inspector as well. An inspector will inspect electrical panel box, outlets, switches, the roof, attic, structure, ventilation, plumbing and fixtures. If pests are present they will inform persons that hired them to get third opinion from a certified pest company. Inpsector will check to see if the appliances work correctly, however they do not say about the condition of kitchen appliances.  Inspectors do not check a septic system. If you have concerns with any of these areas, you will need to hire someone to check these out individually.
If you are buying a home, enlisting the professional assistance of a home inspector can help you ensure that you are getting a good quality home that is not going to cost you an arm and a leg after you move in. Next in our Understanding the Home Inspection Process series Part 2 – Choosing a Home Inspector.

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