Each Type of Property Inspection every Home Buyer should do

Jun 08 2019
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I came into my Grandma’s house with my eyes fully wide and open. In the States a 100 year old home, that I knew had not been updated in the 1950s, would require a full gut and total replacement of all electrical and plumbing and, not to mention, new windows, doors and insulation. Pretty much everything. Knowing that though there was simply no reason for me to get an inspection. HOWEVER, I have always always always encouraged an inspection before anyone I knew every purchased a home.

Even with experienced home owners a home built prior to the 2000s can come with a whole host of unforeseen problems. At least with an inspection, we can get an idea of exactly what needs to be fixed prior to making the investment.

One of the most important parts of a home is fixing the roof. It not only protects the inside of the home from the elements, but it also can improve curb.(This is a contributed post, for more information about my compensation please read my disclosure policy)

Generally, property inspectors look for defects and damage. If they identify something significant or an issue that is outside of their expertise, they always refer the interested buyer to a specialist who can help investigate further and diagnose the problem fully. For instance, an inspector might spot evidence of wood damage and recommend a pest expert who can help determine the specific critter responsible.

These professionals, according to Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate, can offer you different repair options and probably the sense of what exact cost you might incur. Here are the top types of home inspections every buyer should get done.


In some case, older chimneys lack flue liners, or part of their interior brickwork might be crumbling. A reliable chimney inspector can help you determine whether or not the smoke is being discharged perfectly and that cap is in good working condition.

Lead-based paint

The government banned the use of such paint in 1978. However, older properties and even some homes build after that still have lead-based paint. Note that you have the right to get the property tested for this type of paint and get a professional to remove it.

Electrical Inspection

A general property inspector can help you find out whether the electrical box complies with the city code. If it doesn’t, an electrician can tell you the top brands to replace it, the estimated cost, and other details. It is recommended that you check the electrical panel and search for the model number online just to be sure it hasn’t been recalled.

Wood damage

Wood-destroying critters are found nearly in any part of the country. Having the property inspected for powder post beetles, termites and other non-pest property problems such as dry rot will be helpful. After all, no one wants to purchase a property that is crumbling.

One of the most important parts of a home is fixing the roof. It not only protects the inside of the home from the elements, but it also can improve curb.

Heating and air conditioning

A property inspector can successfully measure the differential temperature reading from an air conditioning system or a furnace as low and probably suggest that the unit should be inspected by a specialist to establish the specific problem.

Note that many furnaces may need to be taken to establish the primary cause of the malfunction. An HVAC expert can determine what is wrong, the estimated cost of fixing the problem, and whether or not the entire unit needs to be replaced.

Roof Inspection

In case the home sellers decline to pay for a roof certification on a seemingly older roof, it is time you get your own. Ensure that the service provider has an excellent reputation and is always available to respond to your concerns.

Other areas that must be inspected by a professional include the foundation, pool/spa, sewer or the septic system, and soil stability. You should also get an expert to check the plumbing and water systems, landscaping and gas pipes. The inspection process won’t be complete unless you get a report regarding mold and asbestos.

The entire process of inspecting a home before buying is complicated, a reason you should work with a certified, experienced property inspector.

Each Type of Property Inspection every Home Buyer should do, chimney, roof, electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling, getting an inspection will save you
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  1. June 10, 2019 at 11:09 am

    Some inspectors are better than others, and you should always be there with your questions. Our inspector missed a lot, including a sunken patio. We took photos and got a full refund. Get e referral from someone you know NOT a realtor. They sometimes get kickbacks.

    • June 10, 2019 at 11:52 am

      Very good point Nancy, glad to hear you got a refund!

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