Home Inspection – What To Look For
When you are shopping for a home one of the most important things to do is the pre sale inspection. A home inspection is when a professional goes to the house before close of sale and checks for anything that might be wrong. The cost for this service may be negotiated in the sale of the house or may be paid for by the buyer. Whatever the cost it is very important.
What To Look For In An Inspector?
When looking for an inspector you need to see just how long they have been working. You need to see how many inspections they have done recently and what homes they done. You will also need to check their references. See if they have any reviews from previous clients online or see if you can speak to a former client. If you can find an inspector that is referred from someone you trust that is best.
What To Look For During The Inspection?
Once you have an inspector you like the next step is to do the home inspection. While it is not always mandatory for the buyer to attend the inspection it is always a good idea. Once you are at the inspection here are some quick things to check.
- Electrical Outlets – Check to ensure they are all in working order
- Windows and Doors – Check to see they all open and close properly
- Toilets and Faucets – Flush all toilets and turn all faucets on. Check hot and cold
- Showers and Tub – Turn all showers and tubs on. Check hot and cold. Check for any leaks.
- Water Heater – Check for any rust or leaks and check the age of unit.
- A/C and Heaters – Turn A/C to cold and check airflow and then turn on Heater and check time that it takes for house to warm.
- Appliances – Check all appliances are in working order. This includes: fridge, stove, oven, and dishwasher
- Ceiling – Always look at the ceiling for discoloration. This can indicate water damage from leaks in the in plumbing.
- Wood – Check any wood in the house for any water damage, rot, or termite infestation.
- Roof – Check the roof for any cracked or broken shingles or any signs of hail damage.
- Furnace – The furnace will need to be check every year. Ask owner when the last time it was done and what the results were.
- Seller – Ask the seller if there is anything in the house they know needs to be replaced. They must be truthful.
Negotiate The Cost Of Repairs
Once you have finished your Home Inspection you will take it to the sellers agent and negotiate the cost of repairs. You may be able to get cash off the sale price to do the repairs yourself or get the seller to make the repairs for you.