The Importance of Home Inspections To Home Buyers

Importance of Home Inspections

Spending money for home inspections helps save possible thousands of unseen damages in the future.

If you are buying a home, you understand it is one of the most important investments you will make in your life. It is worth the time and effort to have any property checked out from top to bottom before you make the commitment to buy. Many reasons support the importance of home inspections, as well the as different types of inspections you should have. We have broken it down into easy to follow tips for home inspections.


The Benefits of Inspections

It is important to hire a licensed professional evaluate the home you plan on buying. While it may seem like an unnecessary investment at the moment, it could save you big money in the long run. Here are more reasons for the importance of home inspections.

  • Inspector may notice issues that, at the moment, are not detrimental, but shortly could end up as costly repairs.
  • The home inspection helps to increase buyer confidence so that you can be sure of what you are getting.
  • Home inspections can improve a buyer’s negotiating power, especially if there are major items that need to be addressed before close.

The Types of Inspections

  • Water, Oil Tank, and Septic Tank Testing
    Never assume these elements are included in a general inspection. Your inspector may only perform them upon request, for an additional fee. If he does not perform them, you should consider finding one who does.
  • General or Residential Inspection
    A certified home inspector examines the structure, exterior, roof, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, interior, insulation and ventilation. The inspector will then provide you with a report suggesting repairs to bring the home up to current standards.
  • Termite/Wood Destroying Organism Inspection
    This certified inspector checks for signs of structural damage caused by wood boring insects. These insects cause a myriad of problems that can result in hidden wood rot and elemental structural damage. You may be able to find a general home inspector who also performs this inspection, for an additional cost.
  • Radon Inspection
    Radon testing has grown in popularity recently. Radon is a radioactive gas formed by the breakdown of radium and could be dangerous to your health. The gas radiates from natural sources and can accumulate in homes, especially in confined areas such as attics and basements. This is a costly and often time-consuming test. It is worth it, though, because it can be expensive to fix.

No matter what kind of inspections you need one thing that is for certain, you should never forgo the home inspection process. As you can see there are many reasons supporting the importance of inspections. If you purchase a home as is, you have no repercussions. Therefore, you cannot request the seller address any hidden issues. Without the inspection, as a buyer, you can only comment on what you can visibly see. If you have any questions or to learn how to hire a home inspector, contact J.J. Fegan.



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