So you’ve built – or bought – your new home. But before you settle in, there’s something a little less theatrical that you have to take care of: a home inspection! Required for mortgages and for peace of mind, a home inspection is a careful and thorough process that ensures your home is move-in ready. It should be taken seriously, as it can identify serious issues with your home that can prevent you from fully enjoying it.
But why all the pomp? What does a home inspection look for, exactly?
Your house’s construction is the most important part of a home inspection. Interiors are examined for cracks in walls, separation from baseboards, and water leakages. Doorframes and windows are checked for proper seals and fit. On the exterior, a home inspector should check for issues with structural integrity on decks and porches, holes and cracks in your siding, and other issues that need repair. Your roof will also be checked for shingle condition and overall integrity.
If you buy a brand new or custom home, you typically receive some type of warranty from the builder. Another inspection is recommended before this warranty expires so you make necessary claims. For a pre-built home, an inspection can serve as leverage in negotiations with the seller.
Your home’s systems are the functional materials that regulate its light, temperature, and livability. These include your HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and insulation, and a good inspector will check them all.
It is important to note that some less common systems will be inaccessible to a general purpose home inspector, particularly septic tanks and wells. You’ll need specialized inspections for these if your home has them.
Other Things to Know
- All homeowners should consider getting a radon inspection, especially if your home has habitable portions below-ground. Radon is a naturally occurring substance that can be lethal in large doses. Mitigation systems are effective and readily available.
- A wood-eating insect inspection is a separate service, and is recommended. Thirty states actually require one for closing a home loan.
- Most home inspectors should be certified through a professional organization such as InterNACHI. Always ask for such certifications before hiring anyone.
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