Ah, the dreaded home inspection. The seller hates it because it might reveal deal-breaker flaws in the home. The buyer hates it because it seems like an unnecessary expense or, at least, an inconvenience that the seller should take care of.
A home inspection protects everyone
During a home inspection, the inspector looks for things that might create potential issues, now or down the road. As a buyer, you don't want to find out that the house has termites after six months. As a seller, nothing will ruin your day more than a lawsuit to get you to pay for a mold contamination which was there before you left.
State law governs the details of home inspections, but here are a few of things it will likely cover:
- Pest infestations
- Roof leaks
- Damaged foundations
Buyers can also ask for a radon test so they know what the radon level in the house is.
The inspector will find the problems, suggest remedies, and estimate how much it will cost to fix the issues.
She or he will create a report that includes photos and details any issues the property has.
What a home inspector doesn't look at
Although there might be lots of places on the property, the home inspector doesn't check them all. You will need a specialist for many of the things around your home that aren't on the home inspection.
- Fireplaces and chimneys - An HVAC expert or chimney company will help you there
- Septic systems and well - You need a plumber or specialist in these items
- Structural engineering issues - An architect or engineer can examine the house for structural issues
- Swimming pools - You'll need a pool company
They also rarely look at out-buildings like a detached garage or a shed.
Don't fear a home inspection - Embrace it. It's your guarantee that there aren't a bunch problems that will sneak up on you.