“It’s my worst nightmare. We finally found a home we love, but we’ve only lived here for 3 months and the basement is flooded again. Not only that, but the roof is leaking in the office room onto my stack of files and-” Suddenly your train of thought is interrupted by a piercing noise as the Carbon Monoxide alarm goes off near what you thought was a working furnace…
DON’T LET THIS BE YOU.
The financial and legal process of buying a home is tricky enough, but a majority of Americans do not understand the intricacies of HVAC, roofs, foundations, basements, soil grading, plumbing, and siding etc. How then can we be confident that if we buy a house, it will still be standing in 10 years?
LEAVE IT TO THE PROFESSIONALS.
Once a house is put under contract, the buyer has 10 days to do inspections. I always recommend hiring a professional home inspector like Firm Foundation Home Inspection or ABI Inspection Services. These experts will take a comprehensive look at your home and compile a detailed list of repairs that should be made. They will distinguish between urgent repairs and simple maintenance repairs. This is the best way to make sure that you are making a wise investment by minimizing your risk.
A typical home inspection should include an examination of the following,
Electrical: Panel, Main Power, Visible Wiring, Switches, Outlets
Roof: Shingles, Chimney, Gutters, Flashings
Heating & Cooling: Furnace, Air Conditioning, Visible Ducts
Plumbing: Water Heater, Pipes, Drains
Exterior: Yard, Drainage, Siding, Flashings, Driveway, Steps, Doors, Trim
Attic: Ventilation, Insulation, Trusses, Rafters
Basement or Crawl Space: Moisture Penetration, Joists, Concrete Walls, Sump Pump