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Whoot Whoot! You’ve purchased a home or selling a home. At one point during this process, you will need to get a home inspection
What is a home inspection?
A general home inspection does not establish the value of a home. A home appraiser is the real estate professional who performs that job. A general home inspector is not involved in establishing the value of a home. They simply inspect the home and report any visible defects.
A home inspection will help you establish the structural integrity of your home. It is merely a professional analysis of your home’s internal and external systems.
Choosing a home inspector
In choosing a home inspector, be sure to check their credentials. A quality and honest home inspector will be:
- experienced, and
- certified by a top home inspection association.
An honest home inspector will not offer to fix, or make a recommendation for workers or repairmen to make repairs to the imperfections they find. Think about this. If a home assessor is reviewing your home for repairs and afterward refers you to a particular repairman who can make these fixes for you, are they really telling the truth as to what needs to be fixed?
Think about it; a general home inspector is a trained professional who knows what to look for. Small cracks, water stains, and minor electrical issues could impart a lot bigger, internal problems. To you and me, a failing electrical switch is just a minor disturbance. A home inspector realizes how to decipher these imperfections and decide whether the issue is a lot bigger. In any case, if the home inspector is attempting to get business for a friend or someone they have made arrangements from to get a commission, someone who’s an electrical jack of all trades, the home inspector may reveal to you that the breaking down electrical switch is an aftereffect of awful wiring in the house, and all the homes wiring should be repaired or replaced, when as a general rule, the main thing that should be fixed is simply the switch.
If a home inspector offers to make repairs himself or suggest a “friend” who can make the necessary repairs, report them to:
American Society of Home Inspectors is a great place for more information
What will a home inspector do?
A general home inspector will perform an inspection of the home inside and out. This should include
-Bathroom interiors and fixtures
– Building Interior: walls, floors, ceilings, doorways, etc
-Building exterior walls, foundation, windows, etc
-Decks & Balconies
-Fences and gates
-Fireplaces and chimneys
-Garages & carports
-General foundation and driveway foundation
-Heating & air conditioning systems
-Kitchen & laundry areas
-Lighting and fixtures
-Patios & covers
– Roof, Attic and Gutters
After the inspection, the home inspector makes a report listing all issues found in the home and presents it to the homeowner.
What a home inspection is not
A home inspection is not a guarantee. It’s an expert assessment of your home’s interiors and exteriors. A general home inspector will not review a home to make sure it’s up to code, instead he will inspect for things such as water damage, malfunctioning electrical switches and outlets, non-functioning fixtures, non-working installations, roof repairs, cracks in ceilings, and so on. An inspector will not verify whether or not the patio cover is built to code. They simply inspect the patio cover for cracks and visible structural imperfections.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! But if it is fix it right!
Check out the reasons we need home inspections here.
How can you prepare for your home inspection
-Be sure to provide access to the house, either by means of a lockbox, your realtor, the buyer’s realtor, or you being there.
-Make sure that all areas of the house are accessible and visible.
-Make sure that all utilities are on (including electricity, gas, and water) the pilot lights are lit, etc. This is required to test appliances and the systems (i.e. plumbing & electrical) in the home.
-Definitely, keep all your pets out of the way during the inspection.
-Inform the inspector of any specific conditions, flaws, or defects of the home. This will save time and help create a more honest inspection report.
-Make yourself available to the inspector during the time of inspection.