Guest Author - Rose Mary
One of the most important things to do when purchasing a home is having the home inspected. By doing this, you will not only have peace of mind buy will save yourself money by knowing if there are any issues with the home. The cost of the inspection is minimal compared to a major repair that may have to be done. Make sure to use a licensed inspector for this as they are trained to look for things that may not be very noticeable to the untrained eye.
If the home is not occupied, make sure that the electric is turned on and active. The inspector needs the electric in order to check the appliances. He will check the heating and cooling systems, the washing machine, the dry, the stove and any other appliance that is part of the transaction. He will also inspect the plumbing and electrical systems of the home.
Checking the roof for damage is another thing the inspector will do. He will also check the fascia and soffits and gutters. He will be looking at the foundation and structure of the house for cracks that may cause problems or need to be repaired. He will make note of any rotten or deteriorated wood around the home. If there is a sprinkler system attached to a well, he will put the pump on to make sure that it is working properly and will check the pressure of the well pump. He will also check to see if the sprinkler heads are in place. If there is a pool, he will check the condition of the pool along with the pool pump. Again, he will put it on to make sure that it has enough pressure and is working properly.
One of the most important parts of an inspection is checking for termites and other wood destroying organisms. What may look like old wood to you may really be termites. If this is discovered, it should be taken care of prior to the final transaction of purchasing the home. After all, this is not something you will want to be responsible for as soon as you buy a home. It can be an very costly endeavor.
Any mold found on the interior of the home also can become an issue. Mold can be very dangerous to your health. If mold is found, your inspector can advise you on what the next step is to take in order to make certain that it can be removed and will not come back.
The inspector will look at the walls, ceiling and floors. He will also look at any visible insulation, windows and doors. If there is an attic and basement, he will also check those areas.
This is why it is vital to have a home inspection done by a licensed inspector. It will give you peace of mind and will prevent you from making a very costly mistake.
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