10 Things a Home Inspector Looks For

143As a buyer of a new home, it is always a good idea to contract with a home inspection professional to conduct an inspection of the property before closing.  Many buyers are not sure what the inspector is looking for or the benefits of having a home inspection done.  The inspection is similar to getting a snapshot of the house and its general condition on a certain day before closing.  In most cases, the seller is anxious for the closing to take place also and will want to make sure the buyer is happy with the purchase and that everything is in good working order.

Since 2011 home inspectors are required to be licensed by the Department of Business and Professional Regulations.  So make sure that you have a licensed inspector conducting your inspection.

Here is What the Home Inspector is Looking For

  1. Condition of the home’s structure including foundation, roof, ceilings and walls etc.
  2. Condition of the attic specifically to make sure there are no leaks or loose shingles or tiles.
  3. Condition of the plumbing, plumbing fixtures and problems with supply or waste disposal.
  4. Condition and safety of the electrical system including wiring, receptacles and smoke alarms.
  5. Condition of the major appliances including heating and air conditioning and all appliances included in purchase.
  6. Look for potential safety issues such as rotten decks or railings or loose stair handrails.
  7. Check for the existence of Chinese drywall or lead based paint.
  8. In the case of a swimming pool, it is also a good idea for a pool inspection by a licensed pool contractor.
  9. If you have a termite inspection, they will check for the existence of termites or other wood destroying organisms.
  10. If you have a radon or mold inspection, the air quality will be checked inside the house.

What the Home Inspector Does With the Information

The inspector will prepare an in-depth report of the inspection and a summary highlighting the issues which should be addressed before the property is closed.  In a normal contract, the buyer will ask the seller to repair the items that are not functioning correctly.  Usually the cosmetic items are handled by the buyer after closing and not considered the sellers responsibility.

If you purchased the property using an “As-Is” contract, the seller has no responsibility to fix any items found on the inspection.  However, it is still a good idea to pay for an inspection in case there is a major item found and the buyer can make the decision to cancel the contract.

Call me at 239-601-3174 or contact me for more information on home inspectors in the Naples Florida area.  There are some very good companies that are excellent to work with.  After your property search is complete and you have found your new home, you want to make sure everything is in working order when you walk in the door to your new home!

Remember, it is always toasty in Naples and you deserve your piece of Naples sunshine!

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