Home inspection 101: Buyer’s guide on what to expect during a home inspection

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Granted that the home inspection is bound to be exciting as it would be the first close look you would be taking at the residence. But you must pay attention to the fine details other than taking a cursory look at the property. Remember that the inspector is there to assess the property professionally, you are there to make sure that he does not miss out on anything either. For example, you may want to take a close look at the walls with the help of the inspector’s thermal cameras as that is bound to throw up a few issues. As a buyer, you can expect the following, during and after the inspection. Just know that the inspector is there to provide you with an unbiased and objective assessment of the property and does not recommend any repairs on his own.

If you are planning to purchase a property in Florida, then you can expect a home inspection in Lithia FL to indicate water seepage, stagnation issues in the report. At the least, you can and should expect roof and ceiling leaks, as Florida is a temperate zone and one that seems to have more than its fair share of rainfall. Ask the inspector to take a close look at the walls and determine if they are damp or freshly painted. Usually, sellers may apply a fresh coat of paint to cover up damp spots as well as water stains on the wall and this is why the inspector would carry a thermal camera with him to assess the walls better. 

  • HVAC systems check

When it comes to any home inspection it is always a good idea to do an HVAC systems check. You can request the home inspector to run a detailed systems check to ensure that they are all working perfectly. The HVAC systems check is an important issue, one that you must ensure they are working fine before any purchase as you would be utilizing the same, come summer or winter.

  • Check for cracks

Granted that locating a crack may seem a tad hard but not so for an experienced home inspector. So make it a point to request the inspector to check for cracks, in the ceiling, walls as well as floors. And if the inspector should locate such cracks, you must get the seller to attend to the issue and undertake the required repairs immediately. 

  • Sidling, roofing, and windows

When the inspector is carrying out the check on the property, you may want to ask him to take a close look at the wooden sliding doors, windows as well as roof. Make sure he checks out the gutters to ensure that they are not clogged and that the wood used over the house is in prime condition and not rotten in any form in which case, it would need to be replaced right away.

As a buyer, these are some of the issues that you may want to ask your inspector to focus on as he carries out the inspection. Here’s an additional tip, you can include a contingency clause in the purchase contract that can provide you with a way out of the purchase, depending on the inspection. 

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