by Hope Teller

It is that time of year again when the warmer weather starts bringing out more houses and more options – that means it’s shopping time for prospective homebuyers.  But what happens when you finally find the home of your dreams and you put an offer down on it? Then the hard work comes into play and you, as a smart homebuyer, will want to have the most effective process when buying a home. It is stressful and time consuming, but with the right tools, you can take control of the outcomes.  One of the most important things to do before wholly giving your time to a house is to perform a home inspection. By doing this, you can help protect yourself against problematic issues that could steal a lot of time and money from you and your family.

Most contracts are contingent upon home inspections but you don’t want just anyone coming out to the property and checking off a common list of things just to get the job done. Some inspectors will sign off on an inspection just to get paid and meet the minimum requirements, which is why you should hire a qualified and experienced home inspector.  They may find even the smallest things that could be upgraded, corrected or repaired, even in newly built homes.  Below is a list of common things found in a home inspection that you should be aware of:

  1. Improper Electrical Wiring (reversed polarity, double taps, fire hazards)
  2. Plumbing System/Leaks (poor water pressure, broken seals, corroding)
  3. Heating System (service annually, clean them)
  4. Exterior Maintenance (Roof, rotting, rust, no ventilation, gutters)
  5. Improper Fan Ventilation (vent to exterior of home – not interior, hyper moisture, mold)
  6. Electric Entrance Cable (weathered/frayed cables, undersized service cables)
  7. Inoperable Windows (broken sash cords, old windows painted shut)
  8. Fireplaces/Chimneys (chimney flashing, water intrusion, cracked tiles)
  9. Grading (erosion, moisture not drained)
  10. Water Heater (correct diameters, temperature pressure relief, pipes)

Even though you put a contract down on a house, it is not completely final until you have closed and signed papers. If the home inspection is not satisfactory to the buyer’s expectations, then the buyer has the option to withdraw from the contract. This is why you need to do a professional and thorough home inspection so that you can be proactive in preventing future concerns. If the home inspection goes well and you put a contract down on a healthy home, then you can move toward closing with a smile and ease knowing that you did your due diligence in the home buying process.

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