Generally speaking, when you’re looking to buy a home, you’ll want to have a series of inspections performed in order to thoroughly look at the property of interest. While not always mandatory, if you’re obtaining a loan to purchase your home, you may be required to have this done. I suggest that you hire a qualified inspector to ensure that the results are trustworthy.
While having an inspection performed, you will want to make sure that the inspector looks at the appliances, plumbing, HVAC systems, roof, foundation, electrical system, and more. You may also want to ask your inspector about any signs of previous damage to the house such as flooding, fire, pests, and mold.
All information collected during your inspection will be recorded and given to both the seller and the buyer, at which time you can ask further questions regarding any potential issues that have been uncovered. Before moving forward with the contract, you should take into consideration the results, having an additional inspection performed if necessary. Other inspections you may need include claims reports and property line reports, both of which may affect your homeowner’s insurance costs.
Outside of your traditional inspections, you may also want to talk to the neighbors, gaining as much information about the the house as you can. Remember, you are making a big decision and it’s to your benefit to obtain as much insight as you can.
For more information about home inspections, or with any questions, contact Nau Real Estate Services today.