Buying a new home is so exciting for many people that they sometimes overlook the need for essential safety inspections. Without due diligence, however, your perfect-looking new home could end up becoming a disastrous money pit that will cost thousands to repair. Although there are many inspections you might want to consider getting, here are four of the most important that realtors often recommend.
The foundation supports the entire home structure. If it has shifted or severely deteriorated, you may be in for problems with this home. Leaky walls or windows may cause flooding in rainy weather or allow pests to enter the house and make nests. The basement, as part of the foundation, should be checked for mold as well as termites.
An inspector may be able to find leakage or breakage in the roofing shingles or around the chimney. However, some small leaks may be developing beneath the visible areas. These might be seen inside the home when the inspector walks through each room, especially those right below the roof, and when the attic is checked. A roof or chimney that is not in prime condition could result in hefty repair costs down the road.
The heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system of the home is essential in providing adequate heat, cooling, and air circulation year-round. If the furnace is older, it should be checked for gas leaks or a carbon monoxide problem. An aging air conditioner might not work as efficiently as it used to, causing your energy bill to increase during the warm months sharply. Clogged air ducts can harbor bacteria, viruses, dust, pests, and pet dander, all of which are potential allergens to susceptible people. Have these systems checked to ensure they are operating correctly and will not result in high utility bills?
Some homebuyers don’t bother with a garage inspection, feeling that where they park the car does not need to be in perfect condition. However, if the garage door is an electric opener, it should be checked for proper voltage and no exposed wires. The garage doors should be inspected to ensure they are operating safely, especially if they have an electronic door opener. If it is not functioning correctly, it may be time for a new one.
A home’s plumbing system may have leaks or drips that are letting mold grow behind the walls or under the floors. Leaks may also raise your water bill. Has the plumbing checked to make sure the water lines are up to date and in good working order?
While buying a home is fun, it also requires caution to find any problems that the seller should address or that you can personally manage after the purchase. Don’t neglect this vital step in choosing a home to live in.