Buying a home is among one of the most important events in person’s lifetime. A home purchase is almost as important as finding the right spouse. So if you are considering not having a home inspection before you buy it to save money, this can be a very costly mistake that will cost more in the long run than you are saving.
A home may look great to the naked eye, but we can’t see through drywall and stucco. Inside the walls, there are many important things such as “electrical wires, plumbing pipes, termites, rotting wood, mold, etc..” that can keep you up at night without an inspection. Any home can look great with a fresh coat of paint, but the frame and foundation are what keep a home standing. So if the home looks great from the outside, make sure it looks great from the inside, as well.
A property inspection is not be confused with a home appraisal. A home appraisal is performed to estimate the market value of your property. While, a home inspection is performed to identify any problem areas with a home before the buying and selling process is completed.
A trained and licensed home inspector will perform a complete and thorough home inspection. That includes:
- Exterior – Inspect and look for maintenance or repairs needed
- Interior – Inspect all doors and windows to ensure they open and close properly
- floors are level – Inspect to ensure the floors are leveled and there is no shifting or movement
- Plumbing – Inspect all pipes for leaks, check water pressure and overall condition
- Electrical – Inspect for faulty wiring, dangerous situations and ensure everything is up to code
- Heating and Air Conditioning – Ensure that the units have been maintained properly and for efficiency
- Kitchen – Inspect all appliances are in working order and plumbing
- Baths – Inspect floors, check for leaks and plumbing
- Roof – Check age of the roof, condition of the shingles and how much life is left for the current roof
- Foundation – Inspect for shifting, cracks, moisture and structural integrity
- Grounds – Inspect for shifting and movement sidewalks, driveways, porches, patios and retaining walls
- Attached Structures – Inspect the condition of sheds, garages, decks, patios and other
Therefore, don’t let anyone try to persuade you to buy a home without a professional home inspection. Using an inspector recommended by the selling party or realtor is never a good idea because they might not always have your best interest in mind. Always find your own inspector never go with a recommended inspector by the realtor or the seller. Do your own research and find a home inspector of your choice. There different ways to find a qualified inspector, from looking online or the BBB.
When you contact an inspector always ask questions:
- Years of Experience?
- What type of report to expect “written or verbal”?
- How long does the inspection take?
- What is included in the home inspection?
- Their credentials?
- Does inspector carry errors and omissions insurance?
It’s important to find a seasoned inspector to ensure yourself they will perform a thorough and complete inspection. Make sure the report is in writing to have something to refer to and documented proof of anything that will require repairing or replacing. If your inspector tells you the inspection will last about one hour, thank him or her for their time and call someone else. A proper home inspection should take between 2 to 4 hours. Inquire about what is included in the inspection to make sure they are going to inspect every crook and cranny of the home you want to buy.
Once the inspector provides you with their credentials or licenses numbers, check their standing with the agency that certified them. Lastly, one very important thing to ask about is, do they carry Errors and Omissions insurance? This is important because if the inspector missed something during the inspection, you are covered.
Never hire an untrained or unlicensed inspector because they are not bound to follow any standards or code of ethics as a fully trained and licensed home inspector. Most of the time, uncertified home inspectors have had their credentials revoked or they took an online course and upon passing a quiz, they received a 10-cent diploma.
At AP Inspection, we know there are many other home inspection services to choose from, but only API can provide you with a thorough and professional property inspection. One of our inspectors will provide you with a comprehensive report. The report will be fully narrative, easy-to-read, and will include a report summary and photographs.
Contact us today to schedule a thorough inspection before you buy your next home.