Why You Need A Good Home Inspection
be deceiving! That's why it's important to hire a trained set of eyes
to help you uncover problems that otherwise might go unnoticed. A professional
home inspection can help disclose a wide variety of common defects of a property
- Signs of settling or foundation defects
- Improper drainage
- Plumbing leaks
- Roof leaks
- Improper wiring or other safety issues
- Rotted wood in eaves and trim
While buyers home order most inspections as part of their
pre-purchase investigation, sellers and homeowners too can benefit from a home
inspector's services. A seller, for example, may want to determine what repairs
he needs to make before putting a home on the market. And conscientious
homeowners may simply want to make sure that needed maintenance on their home
isn't being overlooked.
To find a reputable home inspector in your area,
ask your local realtor for a recommendation -- or three! Before choosing a home
inspector, ask to see a copy of a recent report he or she has prepared on a
similar property. Read the fine print carefully to determine what (if any)
warrantees are being made and what matters will be excluded from the
TIP: The home inspection field is still an "emerging"
industry, and certification requirements (if any) vary from state to state.
Before hiring an inspector, be sure to ask about their length of experience and
credentials. Two of the largest national organizations that certify home
inspectors are American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and National
Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI).
TIP:If a home inspection
discloses structural issues or other specialized concerns, you may wish to
obtain additional inspections or professional advice, for example, a separate roofing inspection if roof leaks are suspected, or an engineering report if slippage
or other structural issues are raised. . It's important that you understand the exact nature and extent of any serious problem -- before you buy!