What to Look for in a Home Inspection

You should plan on having a home inspection before you close on the sale of any home. If possible, always look to have this written into any offer you make on a home. That way, if the inspection turns up a major problem, you can walk away from the deal without incurring a penalty. The items you should be aware of will be different depending on whether you are considering an older home or a new home.

Older Homes

Older homes are more likely to need structural and safety repairs. You should ask when the roof was last replaced and have your inspector check the roof to estimate when it will need replaced again. Windows should be inspected. Safety concerns such as mold, asbestos, electrical and plumbing hazards need to be assessed. Also, be sure the inspector reviews the foundation of the property in the basement.

New or Model Homes

New homes are less likely to need major repairs, but model homes often have "builder-grade" materials that are not as high quality as older homes. You will need to check all appliances to assure they are not flawed. Fixtures like lights, faucets and vents are more likely to need repairs in a new home. Finally, ensure you receive a copy of the plans for the inspector. He can verify the approved plans were followed and the home is up to building codes.

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