A pre purchase home inspection by an experienced home inspector is basically a third party neutral view of the properties’ condition at the time of purchase. This is basically viewed as a snapshot in time when you are about to purchase a house or property. Even if some houses have fewer problems than others, the buyer still gets a good idea of the current, past and probable future problems with the property and home. The inspector looks for problems like structural damage, pest infestation, plumbing issues, water leakage, electrical wiring problems and other similar defects. The home inspector also inspects the house for safety issues like the presence of escape routes, closed or concealed dangerous rooms or areas, gas lines, roofing system, fire escapes, stairwells and cellar.
Some real estate professionals (home inspectors) actually prefer to conduct their own pre purchase home inspection. But as they say, it is not wise to jump into buying without doing proper research. There are many things one needs to consider before purchasing any home. If you do not do proper research, you may end up paying for something you don’t really need or a home you don’t like. Also, the real estate professionals don’t like to do this because it takes away from their actual inspection and also, it costs them additional time. Therefore, you should also conduct your own pre-inspection to make sure the home is in good condition.
One thing you should know before conducting your own inspections is that the home inspector should only inspect the following: the home exterior, the attic, the basement, the visible interior walls and crawlspace if the real estate agent allows him to do so. These three areas are the only aspects that require an inspection. Other areas such as the garage, the workshop, or the outdoor patio are not part of the pre-purchase purchase inspection. As for the buyer’s home inspection, he/she is restricted to inspecting the visible interior walls and crawlspace if the real estate agent allows him/her to do so. He/she is not allowed to open or check the visible interior walls or basement, or the attic unless the real estate agent permits him/her to do so.
Before you hire a home inspector, ask for a copy of his home inspection checklist. This checklist will contain all the things that the inspector will check during the inspection. This checklist will contain items that the buyer should find out about during the inspections. Items on the home inspection checklist should include everything from the condition of the heating system to the status of the plumbing and electrical systems. The home inspector may suggest minor repairs that are less expensive than purchasing new appliances. However, you must make sure that the suggested repairs are listed on the home inspection checklist.
During the actual home inspection, buyers are not permitted to open or check anything below the ceiling except for the foundation of the house. As for the visible interior walls, they are only allowed to look inside and above to see whether the home has damaged. These damages should be repaired immediately by the seller. The visible interior walls and basement must also be maintained. So, if there are visible damages during the home inspection report, the buyers can skip this part and go straight to the repairs.