A home inspection is usually paid for by the buyer and is often a contingency or condition included in the offer to purchase.
When considering a house to buy, one of the most important elements to be considered is home inspections. There are a number of different home inspections that you might need to get done depending on the age and condition of the house.
A general home inspector can usually perform a complete inspection of the house, however; they will only point out the things that are wrong; they will not give a detailed description of potential repairs and their costs. It becomes necessary to get a list of the repair costs in times when such repairs are minimal and may not affect your decision to buy a house.
Some of the different types of home inspections are given below.
A specialist can check the foundations and other elements of a house’s structure to tell you if it is solid and long-lasting. Sometimes, houses built on the side of a hill may begin slipping off the foundations and only an expert will be able to judge the extent of this and how much of a problem it might be.
While a general inspector will be able to tell you that a roof is missing shingles, only an expert will be able to gauge whether this would require unaffordable repairs or is just a small and easily repairable option. They will also test the roof and be able to tell you how old it is or if it is faulty.
Many homes in Boston that were built before the use of lead paint was banned still have remnants of the old paint under new coats of paint. If you are considering buying an old house, you should definitely consider getting it tested for lead.
Doors and Windows
A contractor will measure and judge whether the doors and windows are aligned properly and if they close and open easily.
Get electricity professionals to check all electric appliances, wiring, circuits and outlets before you buy a house. Sometimes, faulty wiring can lead to short circuits and fires when ignored. Always keep safety first when considering a home to buy.
The plumber will check all faucets, pipes, water disposal systems and other systems during this inspection. He can also point out if the house is hiding any rusted pipes in its walls that might lead to leakage in future.
Heating and Air Conditioning
An HVAC/ central air and heat can be a big expense. Your real estate agent should refer you to a licensed HVAC tech who you can hire to inspect the HVAC prior to purchase. HVACs can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000.
Pests can affect the wood, walls, and floors and even invade your kitchens and bathrooms. A pest expert can test for all kinds of pests and suggest if getting rid of them after you buy the house if a viable option or if you should just forget about this particular house.
Sewers and Drainage
The sewers and drainage systems must be checked for leaks, clogs and other problems. A clogged main drainage pipe can be temporarily cleaned to look perfect when it could actually have a long term clogging problem. You don’t want to have a bathroom full of water the first day you move in so make sure it is checked thoroughly.
Radon and Other Gases
Sometimes, building materials contain formaldehyde and other gases that can be harmful. Make sure you get the whole house tested for all such gases and especially Asbestos that might have been used during building.
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