The perfect home does not exist.
There is something wrong with every home. If you are not concerned about that, I believe you should be. The cost of a home inspection is minimal when compared to the price of fixing the things the Inspector could have found. A proper Home Inspection will include all systems in the home such as;
- Driveways and walkways Interior and exterior paint, is there lead based paint on the house?
- All electrical from the service panel to all the appliances and outlets
- Plumbing from the well or water meter to the septic or sewer system
- If a well, is the pump operating properly with adequate pressure, volume and capacity
- If a septic system, have it inspected, pumped and certified by a specialist
- Foundation, is there any evidence of movement or cracking?
- Framing, are there signs of loose or broken structural members?
- It there is a basement or crawlspace under the house is it clean and dry?
- Is there evidence of termite or other infestations?
- Is there safety glass in glass doors and low windows?
- Are the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors working properly?
- Are the appliances including the oven all working properly
Cabinets and countertops, are they damaged or not working properly?
The Home Inspector
will be checking many items. The Inspector is not there to tell you if you got a good deal on the home or not, The appraisers and your own judgement. Meaning how well does the house fit your needs.
Many of the items the inspector will find are informational only and not significant it the whole scheme of things.
Sometimes the Seller will be willing to fix some or all of the items on Inspectors Report. Sometimes they will fix nothing. The house is selling “As Is”.
Several important points
to think of when employing a Home Inspector:
- Price is the least important of all.
- It is best to hire a Home Inspector that comes recommended by a couple of friends or neighbors that are happy with their inspection.
- A qualified inspectorshould be a member of one of the national inspection organizations as they offer the inspector continuing education courses to keep the inspector up to date on the latest rules and problems that are showing up.
Be sure they are a member of InterNACHI or ASHI. Ask to see his identification that states he is an active member.