One of the most important aspects to buying a new home is the home inspection. In my experience, I’ve found to get the question of the benefits of an inspection with condo purchasers, especially. What can you expect from a home inspection?
A good inspection should take several hours (depending on the type and size of property) and your inspector will take a look at of the major systems. This will include health and safety issues as well as the major systems and appliances. I tell my buyers that a home inspection not only identifies issues with the home, but a good inspection also educates you about the home and how the systems work and things to look for.
A good list of items the inspector will look at include but not limited to:
- Electrical: panel, breakers, GFIs, outlets,
- Plumbing: draining, leaks, water pressure
- Appliances: dishwasher, oven, garbage disposal, refrigerator, etc.
- Furnace and Air Conditioning units
- Fire and Safety, fireplace, chimney (what’s accessible), etc.
- Carbon Monoxide/Smoke Detectors
- Roof/Attic: insulation, checking for leaks
- Water heater
- Windows and doors
It’s important to remember that the inspector can only inspect what they can see. They won’t be able to tear out walls, etc and there could be underlying issues not uncovered.
During the inspection, as a buyer, it’s best to be present or at least speak with the inspector through FaceTime or Skype. If present, follow the inspector around and ask questions. This is your time to learn about the home and the systems in place. This will make you a much more informed buyer! It really is worth the couple hundred dollars and a few hours of your time.