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The Importance of the Home Inspection

A professional home inspection is a vital--and often required--step in the process of purchasing a home. While homeowners and listing brokers employ a variety of tactics to give a home curb appeal, the long-term durability and efficiency of home is determined by what lies under the surface. Home inspectors are trained to examine every system in the home to uncover any flaws or defects that could affect your decision to purchase. They will provide you with a comprehensive report of their findings, which you can then use to either negotiate a final transaction price or opt out of the contract altogether.

Home Inspection

The contract between buyer and seller almost always contains a number of contingencies that allow either party (but usually the buyer) to opt out of the contract if certain expectations or standards are not met. The home inspection is one of the most important contingencies available to the homebuyer, and should be performed in every case, no matter how new or in what condition the home may be. Newer homes--particularly in subdivisions--are known to suffer from a variety of construction defects that can only be uncovered by a trained home inspector. Never assume that a brand-new home won't have significant problems resting just beneath the surface.

A qualified home inspector will examine the following systems and materials, and find answers to questions such as the ones below:

  • Framing and skeletal structure: Is there any rot in the wood used for framing? Are there any flaws in the primary weight-bearing components of the structure?
  • Plumbing: Do all faucets, toilets, shower heads and hose bibs work properly? Is there any rust in the pipes? Are all joints securely fastened, with no leaks?
  • Heating/Ventilating/Air-Conditioning (HVAC): Do all thermostats accurately control the HVAC systems? Is all the ductwork tight, with no leaks? Are the source components all in good working condition?
  • Roof: How old are the shingles and what is their rating? Are there any leaks or areas susceptible to rot?
  • Electrical: Do all outlets work properly and are they wired correctly? Are all wires appropriately sealed and safe?
  • Foundation: Is there any deterioration in the quality of the concrete? Are there any breaches in the foundation that might allow rodents or insects to populate the interior of the home?

Make sure to schedule your home inspection well before the contingency deadline date, so you have enough time to evaluate the report and make an appropriate decision.

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