If you are purchasing a resale property, I highly recommend that you have a professional home inspector conduct a thorough inspection. The inspection will include the following:
- Air conditioning and heating
- Roof and Attic
- General Structure
The inspection is not designed to criticize every minor problem or defect in the home & it is not a building code inspection. It is intended to report on major damage or serious problems that require repair. Should serious problems be indicated, the inspector will recommend that a structural engineer or a roofer, for example, inspect it as well.
You home cannot “pass or fail” an inspection, and your inspector will not tell you whether he/she thinks the home is worth the money you are offering. The inspector’s job is to make you aware of repairs that are recommended or necessary.
The seller may be willing to negotiate completion of repairs or a credit for completion of repairs. Or, you may decide that the home will take too much work and money & choose to terminate your Contract to Buy. A professional inspection will help you make a clear-headed decision. In addition to the overall inspection, you may wish to have separate tests conducted for the presence of radon gas & scope the home’s sewer line.
In choosing a home inspector, consider one that has been certified as a qualified and experienced member by a trade association.
I recommend being present at the inspection. This is to your advantage. You will be able to clearly understand the inspection report and know exactly which areas need attention. Plus, you can get answers to many questions, tips for maintenance, and a lot of general information that will help you once you move into your new home. Most important, you will see the home through the eyes of an objective third party.