The FOUR MAIn HOME INSPECTION ISSUes.
Buying a home? The process can be stressful. A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect. You have to absorb a lot of information in a short time. This often includes a written report, checklist, photographs, environmental reports and what the inspector himself says during the inspection. All this combined with the seller’s disclosure and what you notice yourself makes the experience even more overwhelming.
Premier Home Inspectors have an uncanny ability to detect potential problems, technology offers a “step up”, when it’s most needed. It’s difficult to “see” mold and mildew behind walls, to detect a leaky pipe before there’s any evidence of water, to know when an air duct is blocked. But thermal imaging cameras, remote temperature sensors, wireless humidity gauges, air-flow monitors and a host of other gadgets and devices help a home inspector find the hidden secrets of your home. Combined with air quality assessments and inspections by other experts for such things as radon or termites, today’s home buyer is able to put aside many pre-purchase qualms.
Most of your inspection will be about maintenance recommendations, life expectancy and minor imperfections. These are nice to know. However, four important issues that really matter fall into the following categories:
- Major defects. For example, a structural failure.
- Things that lead to major defects. A small roof-flashing leak, for example.
- Things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy or insure the home.
- Safety hazards, such as an exposed, live buss bar at the electric panel.
Anything in these categories should be addressed. Often a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property .
Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection. Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report. No home is perfect. Keep things in perspective. Do not kill your deal over things that do not matter. It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address deferred maintenance, conditions already listed on the seller’s disclosure or nit-picky items.