Try Before You Buy: Home Inspections That Are a Must

16 January 2017
 Categories: Real Estate, Blog

Too many first-time homebuyers grab up a house for the sake of getting what they can while they can. They do not stop to consider a home-inspection service or a buying offer based on the findings of an inspection. As such, they find themselves using up every last penny of their savings to fix problems in their homes that could have been avoided or prevented with a home inspection and a little patience. Here are just a few of the things a home inspection covers and how this protects you as a homebuyer.

Home Electrical Inspection

A home's electrical system is responsible for so much more now than just providing heat and light and powering a stove, refrigerator, and TV. The electrical system powers your computing devices, charging cords, rechargeable items, entertainment systems, and so forth. Therefore, you need to know for sure that the fuse box in the house, as well as the electrical wiring throughout, is updated and can handle a major power load. You also want to make sure there will be no electrical fires because of frayed wires or poorly installed electrical components. Problems of any electrical kind, no matter how seemingly small, could turn quite catastrophic and make you homeless.

HVAC Inspection

Another major system of any home is its furnace and air conditioning (if applicable). Often referred to as the "HVAC" (heating, ventilation and cooling) system, you will definitely need your heat for all the cold nights of the year. If you have to replace your furnace system after you buy the home, it could cost you anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000. If the home you want to buy has a central air conditioner, you definitely want to make sure that it is up to code and fully functional too, since it could cost you around $2,000 to replace. 

Plumbing Inspection

A good and proper plumbing inspection should be included with a thorough, new home inspection. The inspector will examine every inch of pipe, send an articulating plumbing camera down the drains for a peek, and look for signs of leaks. If all of this passes muster, the only thing you may have to be concerned with is insulating the pipes properly before freezing cold temperatures begin (where applicable). If there is something amiss, you can write it into the offer contract to the seller, letting him or her know that they can either fix the problem so you will take the house for the asking price or knock the cost of the repairs and replacement pipes and parts off the sale of the house. Most sellers choose the former and not the latter.

Talk to a company such as Home Inspection Associate to get started.