Home inspections are good investments regardless if you are selling or buying a home. A home seller or home buyer may request a home inspection after both parties have agreed on a price, but before the day of closing.
A home inspector who performs a home inspection is a person licensed and trained to evaluate all the home systems. He or she checks out structural integrity, roof and foundation problems. He or she also checks the rest of the house in detail.
In a home inspection, the inspector walks through the house to check on the roof peak, look for dipping spots that could identify foundation or structural problems. He or she is expected to use a ladder to climb on the roof to inspect the ridge vents further, including the flashing around the bath vent pipes, roof ventilation systems, and around skylights. He also takes note of the general condition of the shingles and their life expectancy.
An external home inspection will also be done including checking out the state and type of the home’s siding or brick veneer, the landscaping lighting condition, driveways, walkways and sprinkler systems.
Next, the inspector will then move to the interior of the home. He will look for sticking windows, cracked drywall and doors, which could indicate damage in the foundation. He or she will make a general overview of plumbing like showers, faucets, sinks, toilets and the garbage disposal.
The electrical system of a home is important and its condition makes a difference in the resale value of a home. The electrical inspection includes ceiling fans, bathroom exhaust fans, operational analysis of receptacles and determining if the bathrooms and kitchen meet electrical code and lighting fixtures.
Included in this inspection is the efficiency of the main appliances, like the dishwasher, water heater, oven, range, and the condition of smoke detectors.
What happens when the inspector looks at fascia boards for retreat areas
When the inspection is done, the inspector will give a report, which identifies the problem items and makes recommendations for repairs and improvements. The home inspector directs his or her attention to the structural condition of the home and all attention to safety matters. All the way to the roof including the condition of the 300mm fascia boards.
While the inspector’s job inside the home is limited, such as identifying the hidden material defects, he or she should be experienced and well trained. Keep in mind that a thorough home inspection could take time and could cost a bit more. However, you will be happy not to put up with defective appliances.
Based on the report of the home inspection, a home buyer has the right to request within the period agreed by a seller to correct certain home defects and do repairs.
A seller could refuse to do a home repair or refuse to agree to do a home repair on certain items, depending on the seriousness of the defects found on the home. Usually, the agents will be able to successfully negotiate the request of the buyer and make both parties contented with the result.
Consider a home inspection if you are selling your home to ensure a sale or enjoy a peace of mind when buying a home.