Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Value of Home Inspections

Home Inspections are essential when purchasing a home. Take it from one who knows from personal experience. Years ago, when buying a home, I wanted to save money, so I bought a home "For Sale by Owner," and skipped the inspection. After all, the seller seemed like such a nice guy and the home looked good. Well, as they say, "things are seldom what they seem," and the very first night in the home, I woke to the pitter patter of raindrops falling on my bed! Upon closer inspection, it became clear that the previous owner had a problem with the roof and had tried to cover up the problem by putting a bucket in the attic! Unfortunately, the bucket had filled with water and was spilling over on to the ceiling, then on to my bed. Needless to say, this was a problem that could have been avoided had I hired an inspector.

An inspector identifies the need for repairs and uncovers builder oversights, as well as educating a buyer as to how they should maintain their new home. The inspection for an average sized home generally takes about 2-3 hours. It is best if the seller is not present, but the buyers and their Realtor should stay for the duration of the inspection.

Generally, an inspection covers the following areas: roof, attic and insulation, heating,cooling, plumbing and electrical systems, walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors, foundation, basement and structural components. Fees for an inspection vary, depending on the size of the home, its age, and what type of inspection is ordered.

How can you find a qualified inspector? It would be my pleasure to provide you with a list of reputable home inspectors. A thorough inspection could save you unpleasant surprises after you move in. It can also save you money if you require the seller make repairs before purchasing the home.

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