There Are 5 Reasons a Prepurchase Building Inspection Will Protect Your Investment
One of the most exiting times in a person’s life is when they buy their first home. Whether you are buying for yourself or for your family, a new home is a place for new beginnings. A home is also a place where you will be investing a lot of money over a long period of time, so it’s important that you have a home that is in good condition. Some new home buyers buy homes without having them properly inspected beforehand, and this can lead to unexpected problems. As part of your agreement to purchase any home, you can ask for a pre-purchase building inspection to take place before you officially close a real estate closing. There are several reasons this will protect you from getting into a home that is not a good investment, and the following are a few of those reasons to consider.
It’s important to realize that there are homes that look great on the surface, but sometimes their structural supports are not built very well. This can mean serious problems in the future. Some structural problems are a sign of a foundation that is sinking, and that could mean thousands of dollars in damage to your home. A consultant providing a thorough inspection will find any damage that may be caused by a sinking foundation or by poor structural construction.
A building inspection can also determine the quality of many cosmetic parts of the home. Some things in a home may look nice, but some builders are deceptive in the materials they use. For example, there are flooring materials that can be installed that look like wood but are actually made of some other, cheaper material. Sometimes builders will install countertops with a granite replica that will make potential buyers believe they are getting granite when it’s something else. Inspectors can tell the difference.
Plumbing and Electrical Systems
The plumbing and electrical systems are two of the most important systems in a home, and far too many first-time home buyers end up buying homes with shoddy plumbing and shoddy electrical work. If you buy a home that has pipes that are cracked, damaged, or clogged, it can mean have to pay for a major replacement project. If you have electrical work that is not placed properly to support all of your outlets and appliances, you can have ongoing problems with electrical surges and power outages. A professional inspection will examine plumbing and electrical work in a home.
There are several parts of a home’s HVAC system that should be inspected before you buy a home. An inspector will check the condition of a home’s furnace and air conditioner to make sure both of been regularly maintained. An inspector will also check different vents, ducts, and crawl spaces for damage or cleanliness.
In addition to checking different unseen areas for cleanliness, an inspector will also be looking for problems with rodents, termites, and other pests. Other potential problems an inspector will be looking for will be mold, water damage, and damage to a home’s roof or gutters. With a thorough investigation of a home’s condition, you can invest in a home that has been approved by an inspector with more peace of mind.
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