Old Home Inspections - Minneapolis
Your home purchase is likely the most expensive thing you’ll ever buy in your life. You take care of the house with daily cleaning and regular maintenance, insure it to protect your investment against unexpected accidents, and generally look forward to returning home every evening. It only makes sense to make a further guarantee toward your happiness. Thorough and professional old home inspections and real estate inspections are essential when purchasing an older home to assure you don’t have surprise repairs and updates to drain your bank account later.
The first part of a real estate inspector’s job is to look over the outside of the home. It’s a chance to review the overall house for a general impression of how well it seems to have been cared for over the years and what kind of shape it’s in. An experienced inspector is likely comparing the home to other inspections he has done and thinking about problems typical of the style and age of the home. He’s also going to glance around the lot and the neighbor’s yard to put the building into a neighborhood perspective.
After the initial perusal, the inspector starts looking for major, obvious problems. Damage on the outside of the foundation, walls or roof is often relatively simple to see for a professional who knows what to look for. Next, the inspector begins closing in to search for any more discreet problems that may be a sign of structural damage or a potential upcoming issue. You may see him look over electrical connections and gas lines running to the house, and he’ll likely take a bit of time looking over the circuit box. Depending on the design, he may go up a ladder to see the roof or walk around for a closer inspection, or possibly dig out a bit around the house if he sees signs of a foundation problem.
The interior of the house is arguably easier to inspect although it may be more detailed. Again, a perusal look around can tell a lot of information about the general state of the building and how well it has or has not been maintained. The condition of the paint and flooring can usually give an accurate idea as to if the home has received the care it deserves over the years.
Of course, there’s more to it than that, checking to make sure every electrical outlet and switch is working takes some time and is an essential part of the process. Checking faucets to make sure they not only work but work without leaking and maintain the proper amount of water pressure is an aspect of a professional inspection that many potential homeowners miss when trying to do it themselves. Then there’s going in the attic to check for either current roof leaks or previous water damage from leaks that were since repaired. The basement or crawl space further needs close inspection for signs of water damage.
A home inspection is an important aspect of the purchase process and well worth the expense compared to the total cost. It gives you a peace of mind to know the house is in good shape and worth the price you’re paying for it. If repairs are needed, you know and can plan for them or adjust your offer. Professionals know about both common and atypical problems with old houses and can point them out to help your decision to either buy or not, and how much to offer for the home.