Finding your dream home is an exciting time for the entire family. The kids have picked out which room they want to be theirs and you are in love with that master bathroom and the wall of windows in the family room, simply put, you have fallen in love with the home.
Well step back a moment and be sure you know about the electrical panel. And how did that foundation look when you checked it out? Were the pipes and plumbing throughout the house working and at minimum in good condition?
If your answer is, you didn’t really look at those things, then you need to be sure your first call after placing your offer, contingent upon an inspection of course, is to a Certified Home Inspector.
Finding The Right Inspector
First things first, there are no silly questions when it comes to talking with your home inspector. The biggest mistake you can make, is not asking questions. Ask about the inspector and his processes. A thorough home inspection, depending upon the size should take a few hours to complete.
Check the credentials of the inspector; ask them what professional affiliation they have. We here at BCE Home Inspections are proud members of The National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) and we abide by their code of ethics.
You are always invited to attend the inspection if you choose, if any inspector should request you do not attend, you may want to find a different one! Do some research beforehand so you have an idea already of the key components of the home that are most important to you to have looked at, and share it with your inspector. They will probably include:
Heating and Cooling Systems - each unit has a life expectancy. Your inspector will be able to let you know the age and if the unit is operating properly.
Foundation - are there cracks? If so, where are they coming from? Is there water around the foundation? Foundation problems can sometimes be expensive ones. Not deal killers necessarily, but wouldn’t you rather know now?
Plumbing - if there are stained walls, there has been water, and it came from somewhere, but where? Or, how about corrosion on your pipes?
Electrical - from the panel to the wiring, this area is an important one, and one you do not want to be overlooked.
Roof - who wants mold in their home? A leaky roof causes water damage, water damage causes mold and you don’t want mold. So get a roof inspection
At the end of the day, the choice is yours. There is no perfect home, but the decision of what you can live with or fix later is. Or, maybe you ask the homeowner for the repairs prior or they even become a bargaining chip on the purchase price. It is all up to you. But, what may be a deal breaker for some is not for another. So just be sure to get to know the home and the facts. It could save you a lot of money down the road.
If you need an inspection of any kind please give us a call to discuss how we can help you at (614) 508-0070