Have Your New Home Inspected First!
Congratulations! You've made an offer, even reviewed all the documents the seller has provided regarding the condition of the home. But, you have one important step before you finalize your real estate offer, one that will help to avoid a costly home buying mistake. Hire a professional home inspector to give the house a standard inspection that includes:
•exterior home components
•foundation and structural components-both interior and exterior
•heating/air conditioning systems
A typical inspection costs $300-$400 and takes about three hours.
Some common items a home inspection could uncover are:
•maintenance problems such as rotting decks, paint chips, water damaged ceilings, etc
•electrical problems (even faulty fuses can lead to bigger difficulties in the future)
•structural damage caused by water seepage into the foundation, floor joists, and door headers that should be discovered at the source
•drainage problems; these could include water intrusions below the home.
•roof leaks and defects from aging
•poor ventilation, especially in an attic; this is the time to assure that all vents are clean and working properly
•excess air leakage due to poor weather stripping and subpar caulking around fixtures
•failed window seals, which are routinely found with dual pane windows
•environmental contamination caused by asbestos, mold, formaldehyde
•lead paint, radon, soil contamination, and/or water contamination
•faulty lines in water heaters, overflow piping, and/or hazardous flue conditions