Buying a new home comes at considerable cost. Inspections add yet another layer of cost to the buyer alongside down payments, loan fees and closing costs, amongst others.
Your agent is best placed to explain which inspections are essential and which are advised not to be conducted. Below, we review these inspections – outlining the key points you need to know.
General Home Inspections
A general home inspection is a widely regarded as a must.
These inspections are conducted by certified personnel of the American Society of Home Inspections (ASHI).
They define the role of the home inspector as a certified professional who inspect:
- The home’s heating system
- Central air conditioning system
- Interior plumbing
- Electrical systems
- Roof, attic and visible insulation
- Walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors
- Foundation / basement
- Structural components
Inspectors also perform more specific duties. They may test appliances, such as washing machines; they may also check the seal on pane windows etc.
In the end, the home inspector issues a report. The report issues detailed findings across all the above criteria. In tandem with this, they also provide photographic evidence where appropriate.
Homeowners are informed that no home, no matter how perfect it may appear, has no faults worth identifying. Homeowners are informed of the potential costs of remedying faults within the property, whilst also separating those costs from general maintenance costs the homeowners can expect to manage.
The following optional, but commonly performed inspections include:
- Chimney inspections
- Roof inspections
Chimney and roof inspections are relatively cheap and straightforward. If the home inspector identifies a problem with the roof, it’s best to have an independent roof inspection to learn more about the problem. It’s also best practice to take the word of the home inspector rather than the roofing contractor.
If you hope to occupy a country property, additional inspections may be performed:
- Septic system inspection
- Well inspection
- Boundary survey
- Soil / geological studies
This is because many country homes are not joined to the public sewer systems. Well inspections are important to determine the quality of water. A surveyor can assist you to determine, and verify, the exact boundaries of the property and its lot. In many cases, it is not clearly defined.
The home inspectors report can flag up serious flaws within the property. For example, they are well equipped to identify any electrical faults within the property, particularly where these faults may pose a substantial health and safety risk.
A more thorough, independent analysis should be considered if the home inspector raises questions about the property’s electrical systems.
Similarly, the home inspector will determine whether the foundation is solid and whether the structural integrity of the property is sound. If he raises any questions, again, it’s valuable to instruct an expert in that field to conduct additional studies.
Similarly, the home inspector may raise questions about other parts of the home. Other commonly performed inspections include:
- HVAC system inspection
- Landscape inspection
- Pool / spa inspection
- Health hazard testing – lead, asbestos etc.
- Sewer lateral inspection
Though this may seem like a lot of inspections, they are often necessary.
Buying a home is something that is likely to last a very long time. It’s an important long-term investment as well as a home. Inspections are an absolute must.
Aside from the general home inspection, more specific additional inspections may need to be performed depending on his/her findings.
In the end, these inspections give you a greater idea of the costs of repairing the property, of its true value, and of the likely maintenance costs you will be expected to manage.
Triumph is the leading provider of Las Vegas luxury homes for sale. Check back to our blog soon for even more on the essential facts you need to know before buying your dream home.
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