Hidden Defects: 6 Inspections That Save Buyers Money

Are you planning on doing a general home inspection for an upcoming home purchase? Getting home inspections done is a must for any buyer if they want to avoid any expensive surprises in the future. If you don’t put language in your contact about inspections and who will pay for them or if you skip the inspection altogether, you could be in for a rude awakening weeks or even months into living in your new home.

Today we’re talking about six inspections that can save you money in the future. If you’re buying a home, it is a very good idea to get an inspection done. Read on to find out more!

1. Oil Tank
An oil tank on the property is usually noted on the disclosure statement or by a home inspector while they are doing a visual inspection of the grounds. The laws for oil tanks can vary from area to area, so it’s a good idea to have an inspection that can not only check for leaks but for contaminated soil as well. Unused tanks in some areas must have a decommissioned certification issued before the sale will be able to proceed. Either way, a licensed inspector of oil tanks can tell you more about the local regulations and whether an oil tank on the property will be an issue blocking the sale.

2. Central Heating and Air
Your inspector can check whether the air conditioning or heating on a home is working well. If either one is not performing, your inspector may recommend calling a professional to help you figure out what’s going on. It could be a maintenance issue or something with the unit that needs to be repaired. An inspector of heating and cooling systems can check it out, clean the system, and see if there are any repairs or replacements needed.

3. The Roof
A roof inspection will be able to tell you how the roof is currently doing and how long it will last. The roof inspector will generally check the movement as well as the condition of the roof materials, check how well the gutters and drains work, and check out flashing. They will recommend repairs and if these are done, the company should be able to give you an estimate of the roof’s longevity as well as certify the roof inspection.

4. The Pool
In some areas, pools are liabilities. This can be especially true when buying a home. Taking the time to do a separate pool inspection while it is open and functional is a good idea, because if the pool is advertised to be sold as part of the home in a condition that is ‘as is’, it could be cause for worry. If you do want a home with a pool, wait to buy until it can be inspected. You may be very happy that you did.

5. Foundation
Any problems with the foundation can mean that you will have some incredibly expensive repairs lurking in your future. Sound fun? Get an expert on foundation into the home to inspect even foundations that look fine. Foundational cracks may require another inspection with a certification that the foundation is functional before lenders will issue loans on the property.

6. Termites and Pests
Termites eat wood from the inside out and other pests like these can cause huge issues and repair work that can often be overwhelming. Save yourself the hassle and get an inspection to make sure the house is bug-free before buying.

By | 2017-09-12T21:25:45+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Home Inspection|