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2015-03-26 13:11:56
Reminder: Getting a Home Inspection on your New Pr

During the time between your offer acceptance by the seller and the closing date a lot is happening. Much of that activity is behind the scenes but one thing you should take an active role in is the home inspection. A home inspection is omportant so you have a better understanding of the condition your new home is in. This may be the last chance to discover problems before you take ownership of the home and any problems that may be present. If nothing else an inspection will give you peace of mind and lesson the chances of 'buyer's remorse' setting in. Sellers usually don't have a problem with having an inspection, they realize its part of the agreement and would rather have any potential deal breakers taken care of before closing day. Here are some of the things an inspector wi ll look at:

  • Foundation - Are there cracks and is there any indication that it's shifting?
  • Roof - What is the condition of the roofing and approximately how many years until it needs replacing?
  • Leaks - Is there any evidence of leaking inside, outside, and around doors and windows?
  • Basement - Signs of dampness?
  • Attic - Is inside of roof structurally sound and is there adequate insulation and venting?
  • Energy Efficiency - Single or double paned windows? Insulation and weather-stripping? Water heater insulated?
  • Electrical - Adequate circuit breakers for amperage used? Any safety concerns?
  • Plumbing - Materials used? Repairs needed? Is it city sewer or septic tank?
  • Appliances - Age and condition? Efficiency and noise?
  • Heating/Cooling - Age and condition? Adequate for proper heating in winter and cooling in summer?
  • Exterior - Materials used? Condition of stucco, brick, paint?
  • Lot - Slope of lot, does runoff water drain away from home? Are there any trees that endangering the roof or roots damaging patios, walkways or drives?

You don't have to be present when the home inspection is done but it's a good idea so that you can see first hand what he discovers and can ask questions. If there are issues of the inspection that you have questions on, please let me know. I'm here to help.


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