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Why Home Inspections Are Important
You’ve seen the sparkling stainless steel appliances, the spacious master bedroom, and the fenced in back yard, but before you agree to take on the mortgage for said lovely home, you need to make sure everything you don’t see is in good working order. Is the foundation silently cracking? Is the HVAC system about to die? Is there a gas leak that could put your life in jeopardy?
According to home inspectors, homes are sometimes not particularly well cared for when they see warning signs such as leaky faucets and clogged filters. In a home that is virtually ignored, mold can grow in moist environments, and other very serious problems can occur.
When making a written offer for the home, simply make the home inspection a condition of the purchase. If it comes back clean, you can proceed with the sale with confidence. If it does not, you can reduce your offer, make the seller pay for any repairs, or even back out of the contract altogether.
What a Home Inspection Entails
Because there is no uniform certification or licensing process for inspectors, home inspections can vary according to the person that does them. This does not mean there is no certification or licensing whatsoever, of course. State by state, different organizations do grant certification to home inspectors.
Generally, a home inspection includes a report on the type of HVAC system found in the home, in addition to details on the plumbing, flooring, foundation, roofing, drainage system, and electrical system. Issues such as termites, lead, or rodents are sometimes not covered in a traditional home inspection, and require the expertise of a specialist in those fields.
The cost of a typical home inspection starts around $200, but that is the starting price, depending on the square footage. Radon testing can be an additional $125 in most markets, and is always a good idea, considering it is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Insist on a Home Inspection Before Buying Your House
Underneath a lovely exterior, you MAY find potentially serious problems. A few hundred dollars spent on a home inspection is a BARGAIN for the benefits you receive. The home inspector will provide you with invaluable details about your new home. If you would like more details on the benefits of a home inspection, contact the experts at Spencer Properties.