Benefits of Hiring a Home Inspector
As a homeowner a home attracts you from its aesthetic and functional point of view. You’re pleased with its location, size, look and surroundings. However as many homeowners have found out, all that glitters is not gold. One of the benefits of hiring a home inspector is to know exactly what you’re purchasing when you’re purchasing it.
A home inspector is a professional trained to evaluate a home’s structure and features. He/she then identifies current and potential problems and may recommend possible solutions. In short they are trained to give your potential home a critical look and point out areas of concern.
Areas that a home inspector assesses
There are numerous areas covered by a home inspector. These include:
- General structure – that is, assessing the roof, walls, floors and ceilings.
- Roofing material – this includes assessing roofing material for damage, checking gutter function as well as the condition of chimneys.
- Electrical systems – inspecting them to ensure that wiring, circuit breakers, switches and other electrical systems are up to code.
- Plumbing systems– this involves inspecting all plumbing systems such as toilets, faucets, bathrooms, pipes and drainage systems.
- Basement evaluation – here the home inspector checks for water damage to the walls and floors.
These are just the basic items. Home inspectors check electrical appliances, HVAC systems, safety hazards and fire hazards both inside and outside the home and many other things.
Benefits of a home inspector
There are numerous benefits of hiring a home inspector when purchasing a home. Some of these are:
- They point out problems that you couldn’t see yourself. Overloaded breakers or outdated wiring may not be obvious to you, but they are to the home inspector.
- You have the opportunity to ask for repairs before purchasing the home. Once the homeowner points out a major defect, you have the right to ask for it to be repaired.
- Also, by the home inspector pointing out deficiencies / issues, it can give the home buyer bargaining power. You’re now able to offer a price lower than the asking price.
- Home inspection findings can give you the opportunity to back out the purchase. They may point out something that’s a deal breaker such as a structural issue. But just about everything is fixable, will the home seller pay for the fix, or help pay for the fix.
- Home inspectors ensure that you are buying a safe home – safety problems will be pointed out. Some of these professionals specialize in radon, asbestos and lead testing – AKA ancillary inspections. They’ll determine the levels of these elements and whether it is safe for your family.
These are just a few of the numerous benefits of home inspection. It is a wise decision to engage a home inspector as a home buyer. They’ll open your eyes to what you’re really purchasing and you won’t regret the decision.