A home is a major investment, and buying a home may very well be the largest financial decision you make in your life. With so much on the line, you need to be sure the home you are buying is functional and safe before you sign on the dotted line. Usually, a home inspector will assist you (the buyer), the seller of the home, or the real estate agent by assessing the safety and conditions of specific areas in the home and then informing you of their findings. Here are several things they check that you should always be sure to have inspected before buying a home.
- Heating, Cooling, & Ventilation- Checking that the HVAC system is functioning well ensures your comfort and the home’s energy efficiency.
- Electrical- Electrical problems can lead to a fire and other dangerous situations, so it is very important to check components like wiring and outlets.
- Plumbing- Before buying a home, it is important to check for leaks and other plumbing problems that can cause moisture damage.
- Insulation- Insulation helps with a home’s energy efficiency and moisture control, so it is important to check that it is in good condition.
- Foundation- Checking for cracks and water damage to the foundation is important because a weak foundation cannot support the home.
- Roof- The roof is one of the most important and expensive parts of the home, so you will want to be sure the roof is reliable or at least be aware of its condition before you decide to buy the home.
These are not the only things to inspect before buying a home, but they are some of the most important items. For more information, contact us at OpenWindow Home Inspections.