If you are buying a home, it’s a good idea to get it inspected. The inspector will go through the home looking at every area to see if anything is wrong with the home. The inspector will create a report that shows you every little thing that is wrong with the home. Many of the issues won’t be anything to worry about, but some can be a deal breaker.
Keep reading to find out what the inspector looks at in your potential home.
The Inspection Report
The inspector will inspect a home and then provide you with a multiple page report showing all of the things wrong with the home. You’ll usually receive the report within seven days of the inspector looking at the home, but you may receive it even sooner.
You can expect your report to have some or all of the following:
- The condition of the foundation
- The condition of the roof
- The condition of the windows and doors
- The status of all exterior features including porches and decks
- The condition of the electrical system and its safety
- The condition of the plumbing system
- The status of the HVAC system
- The level of insulation and its quality
- The safety and condition of the fireplace and chimney
What Inspectors Don’t Do
Inspectors do inspect many areas of the home, but there are limits to what they do. For example, inspectors won’t take things apart – their inspection is mostly visual. Inspectors also can’t inspect things behind walls or under the ground.
Inspectors also don’t inspect:
- Any luxury items such as swimming pools
- Any appliances
- Any optional systems, such as alarm systems and sprinkler systems
- Any structures not attached to the home
- The presence of pests or pest damage
- Any issues with asbestos or radon
The Most Common Problems
The most common issues that inspectors find include:
- Mold and mildew in attics and basements
- Roofing issues or malfunctions
- Plumbing leaks
- Unsafe electrical systems
- Cracked foundations
As the buyer, it’s up to you how you want to proceed after the inspection. If there is something major wrong with the home and you have an inspection contingency on the home, you may decide to back out of the sale. You may also decide to renegotiate with the seller to see if he/she will fix the issue or give you a credit to fix it yourself.
Of course, all of this is dependent on the depth of the issue. If it’s serious enough to take away from the home’s value or render the home unsafe, you may not be able to secure financing for the home. Buying a home is a combined effort between all professionals working on the transaction. It’s all done to help protect all parties so that the transaction goes off without a hitch.