Why You Should Have A Home Inspection
You’re Buying A Home.
A home inspection can help you make an informed decision about a home purchase. Every home, from your basic starter home, to your high end estate, from the newest homes manufactured by the most “in-demand” builders to homes built over hundred years ago can have serious issues.
A home inspection will tell you important facts about how your home is put together, as well as reveal possible safety issues, problem areas, and big ticket expenses you could be facing after purchase.
You’re Selling A Home.
Having a pre-listing inspection can prevent potential issues from slowing down your sale, and make your home more attractive to motivated buyers. Providing either a clean and clear home inspection or an inspection with a list of completed items can give your home a decided advantage.
Your Home Is Still Under Your Builder’s 1 Year Warranty.
Most builders offer warranties on their brand new homes, and while you may love your home, many of these warranties run out after 1 year.
If there are defects, and many new homes are built with defects, you have a limited amount of time to bring these issues to the builders attention and get them resolved – at the builder’s expense.
A licensed experienced home inspector will look at all the aspects of your home, and often go into areas most homeowners avoid, like attics and sub areas. What do we look at? See below
Areas included during a home inspection:
Structure (nature of the homes components and types of building materials used, etc);
Exterior (trim, siding, windows doors, decks, etc);
Roofs (materials and condition);
Plumbing system (type of piping materials used, source of water, water pressure,, etc);
Electrical system (location of panel, size of service, type of wiring, etc);
Heating system (type and condition);
Air conditioning systems (if present);
Interiors (conditions and materials, including appliances);
Insulation and ventilation (presence, type, R value);
Fireplaces and stoves (types and condition);
Site (exterior drainage, vegetation issues, step – stair and trip hazards);
Attached garages or carports (conditions and materials).
Washington State has a defined Standard Operating Procedure for home inspections.
It can be found here: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=308-408C&full=true