8 Things Every Home Inspection Checklist Should IncludeOriginally published at BobVila.com
By Donna Boyle Schwartz
Buying a new property? Get a head start on your home inspection by reviewing the typical checklist.
Buying a new home can be a thrilling and terrifying adventure. During the process, you’ll need to address dozens of details regarding your new abode, including potential problems with the foundation, structure, appliances, fixtures, electricity, plumbing, and more. But, thankfully, there’s a simple and effective solution to ensure your new dwelling doesn’t turn out to be a nightmare: getting a home inspection.
A critical component of the buying process, a home inspection is like a “test drive” for a new house. First, the potential owner should hire an experienced and qualified professional for the job; a smart place to search is the American Society of Home Inspectors, a not-for-profit association that establishes standards for property inspections. The inspector will conduct a thorough examination of the house, identifying problems that the buyer may want to negotiate with the seller to fix—as well as any catastrophic issues that might make them rethink the purchase. After the examination, a home inspector will present a report that includes a checklist of the home’s main features, a summary statement about each major living area, and notes and photographs documenting problems. What’s more, the report should estimate the remaining useful life of major systems and equipment, the roof, the structure, paint, and finishes—and give a list of recommended repairs and replacements to boot. A systematic home inspection ranges from $200 to $700, depending on region and home size, but it can save thousands of dollars in unexpected repairs down the road.
Since the home buyer is an integral part of the inspection process, it’s vital to conduct some groundwork before the professional takes over. Spend some time reviewing the seller’s property disclosures, reading documentation about the house from the local building department, and preparing a list of questions and concerns regarding the home. Then familiarize yourself with the process by looking over this list of eight things every home inspection checklist should include.
Date : 9/29/2017