Think you’re ready to settle into a new home? Great, it’s a wonderful step in life, albeit a big one. Whether you’ve found your dream home or are just kicking off your search, one thing is for sure – if you’re purchasing a home, you’re going to need a home inspection before the deed is signed. So, before you put your hard-earned money and time into a new house, make sure you’ve got the answers to all things home inspection!
Why Should I Get a Home Inspection?
Your home may look picture perfect, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is. It’s the job of a home inspector to find what, if any, issues your home may have before you’re locked into it. Buying a home is a big undertaking and you’ll want to know ahead of time if that undertaking could get any larger due to hidden structural issues or health problems. If that’s not reason enough for a home inspection, we’re not sure what is.
How Do I Find a Reliable Home Inspector to Do the Job?
Conducting a home inspection doesn’t do much good if you’ve hired an unqualified inspector. So, just how do you find a good one? Look for a Certified Home Inspector to do the job. Websites like CREIA.org can help you find an inspector in your local area, but it’s always smart to do your research before hiring any PE you’re considering so hit the web for some fact finding before agreeing to any business.
What Will The Home Inspector Check?
Both the interior and exterior of the home will be visually examined during the inspection, which will generally span the course of about two to three hours.
- Heating and A/C system
- Electrical system
- Grading of the property
What Will The Results Tell Me?
Once the home inspection has concluded, the inspector will compile a report and provide you with a copy of the results. The report will detail what issues were found, if any, what repairs are needed, the severity of the problems and an estimated cost to have them fixed.
Did the house pass with flying colors, or was there a major hidden hiccup? Armed with the knowledge a home inspection provides, you can now move forward with the next steps in either buying, renegotiating, or continuing your search for the perfect home!