I often think there are vital parts missing from the high school or college curriculum. I entered adulthood without the slightest idea of how to do some really important things- buy a car, interview for a job, file taxes- stuff like that. So naturally I had no understanding of how to purchase my first home. One of the most important things I learned as I stumbled my way through the process was the necessity of a home inspection. Whether you live in Lakeland, Fl or New York, you will need a home inspection.
What is a home inspection? A home inspection is when a guy with a clipboard walks all around a house, turning on lights and flushing toilets, checking out the place to make sure the plumbing isn’t leaking and the HVAC is up to code. In retrospect, it seems like a no-brainer. If you’re going to spend thousands or hundreds of thousands on a single purchase, you want to make sure it’s worth it. And you don’t want to overpay if the house you want needs a bunch of repairs.
Sometimes the seller will have already had a home inspection to detect any potential problems; regardless, you’ll want to pay for your own from a reputable and licensed inspector.
During a typical home inspection, the inspector will
- Check all electrical outlets, switches, and the fuse box or breaker panel
- Flush the toilets and turn on the faucets to make sure they work and have good water pressure
- Open and close all the windows
- Check the floors, walls, and ceilings for any defects
- Check the basement or foundation for any water leakage
- Inspect the heating and cooling systems
- Check out the attic and any crawl spaces to assess insulation
- Examine the closets and under the stairs
- Inspect chimneys and flues
- Inspect the roof and eaves troughs
- Look around the entire exterior of the building structure for signs of weather damage
- Look at decks and railings
- Inspect the foundation for cracks or other issues
You should attend the inspection, if possible, but you will also receive a detailed report for each item, with photos. This information will allow you to make an informed decision about the home and its value. It will also assist your realtor in negotiating a fair price. So, welcome to Adulting 101.
Written by: Dixieland Inspection Services