Home Inspections top considerations breakdown
Safety issues such as electrical wiring, plumbing, HVAC systems, broken windows, etc. is one of the most important item to look at during a home inspection. If safety issues are discovered during a home inspection, a buyer could go back to the seller (via a repair request), and ask for either 1) the safety hazards to be fixed or 2) receive an appropriate credit towards the home price if the item will not be fixed by the seller.
Structure is key
Another very important item to look at during a home inspection is the structural integrity of the home. For the most part, almost all homes have strong structural components. However, if there is something structurally wrong with the home, the rule is generally that you shouldn’t buy the home (unless you’re an investor looking to renovate the home and thus are buying the home for an extreme discount).
Deferred maintenance items are things like leaky faucets, aging appliances, or weathered roofs. These are items that will eventually need to be replaced to maintain the home’s quality. If you’re buying a brand new home, there will be very few deferred maintenance items, however the older the home, the more items that may have deferred maintenance. Yet, if an item is more worn or broken than expected, it can become part of a repair request that is submitted to the seller.
Even though a home inspection is very thorough, there are certain specialty items that may not be included like swimming pools and spas, or specialty systems such as alarm systems, lawn sprinklers, etc. that may require another specialist to review.
The home inspector that you choose is critically important. The qualities of a good home inspector that home buyers should look for is somebody that is full-time and professionally trained, certified, and educated, has good reviews, and follows Nationally Accepted Standards of Practice. You should expect to receive a formal narrative report from your home inspector that details issues discovered during the course of the inspection that includes digital photographs, and should list out major concerns, safety issues, and deferred cost items. This report shouldn’t contain repair costs, since a professional home inspector should only inspect and not repair, as that is considered a conflict of interest.
Knowing what items should be evaluated during a home inspection, what to expect, and choosing the right professional home inspector to conduct the actual home inspection is important for any potential home buyer when evaluating a home that they have made an offer on.
In Minneapolis Saint Paul contact Inspections Plus for a complete home inspection.