When contemplating a major purchase, it’s important to have as much information as possible. Before you make a final decision on whether to buy a home, you should have it inspected. Even if a house looks flawless, there may be significant problems that you can’t see.
A home inspector can look at several major components in the house and compile a report with detailed information on its condition. After you review the report, you’ll be able to make an informed decision on whether to proceed with the purchase.
What a Home Inspector Will Check
You should note that a home inspector won’t look at every single detail in the house you’re thinking about buying. An inspector will check the roof, walls, foundation, attic, basement, and other structural components for signs of damage or excessive wear. A home inspector will also check the condition of the windows, doors, and plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems.
A home inspector will look at areas that are easily accessible but won’t open up walls to check the condition of pipes, electrical wiring, and other things that are ordinarily hidden from view. An inspector doesn’t typically check for the presence of lead, asbestos, mold, radon, or damage caused by water or pests. If you’re concerned about any of those issues, you may have to hire a different inspector to look into them.
How to Interpret the Home Inspection Report
The inspector will provide a report with information on problems that were found. The report will likely contain a long list of issues, but you may find that most of them are minor.
Focus on significant problems, such as structural damage, vital systems that don’t work or are near the end of their lifespan, and any health or safety issues. The current owner may agree to make repairs or lower the asking price. If the inspector uncovers a major issue, you may decide to forget about buying that particular house and look for a different one.
Schedule a Home Inspection Before You Buy a House
Accuracy Plus has been serving customers across Connecticut for more than 15 years. We can inspect a house that you’re thinking about buying and provide you with a professional assessment of its condition. A home inspection typically takes two to three hours, and you’re welcome to come along so you can see the condition of the house for yourself. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule an inspection.