Most Frequently Asked Question by Home Buyers

Do I Need A Home Inspection?

 


What is a home inspection?

A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home, often happens in  the beginning of the sale of a home. Home inspections are usually conducted by a home inspector who has the training and certifications to perform such inspections.


Should I get a Home Inspection?

Although the home might look like it is in great shape, a great home inspector will find potential issues and any equipment that may have been recalled. They could also identify future maintenance that sometimes is missed by the homeowner. Getting a home inspection can also serve as a peace of mind.  It will help provide an understanding of the home expectations for years to come.

Typically a home inspection costs around $500. This minimal cost will help ensure you aren't buying a home that will have hidden surprises in the years to come. Thoroughly inspecting every aspect of a home  can only be beneficial, especially if the inspector finds potential issues that were not exposed to the seller.

Keep in mind sellers are required to disclose that the buyers have a right to perform a home inspection.


The answer.

YES. SI. Oui.

Get a home inspection completed.  


BONUS

Here’s a quick home inspection checklist. You should be present on the day of the inspection and make sure everyone takes their time.

Here’s a list of things that should be inspected:

ROOF

What the condition, does it need to be replaced? If not, when will it need to be replaced?

FOUNDATION & LOT

Is the foundation in overall great condition? Are there any soft/ soggy areas? Does the drainage and gutters seem to be away from the house?

ELECTRICAL

Do the electrical switches work? Have the outlets been grounded? Is the panel safe, updated and expandable for additional appliances or a potential remodel?

PLUMBING

Any unusual noises or malfunctions? Has the sewer line been scoped to check for potential cracks?

HEATING & COOLING SYSTEM

How old is the furnace and air conditioner? Do they work?  Have they been replaced?

INTERIOR

Any weird cracks or evidence of leaks? Check all the ceilings and windows. How is the odor inside the house? Beware of musty odors!

APPLIANCES

What is the condition? How old are they? Will they need to be replaced soon?

ATTIC

Any signs of leaks? How’s the structure of roof? Is it insulated properly?

EXTERIOR

What is the condition of the gutters? Does the house need to be repainted? Is there any damaged wood or trim.  Is the yard properly graded so when it rains the water does not puddle against the home?

BASEMENT

How’s the smell? How’s the insulation? Any water intrusion?