Buying a home isn’t easy as many people think it is. There are many things that you should consider first to ensure that you are going to get what you’re exactly looking for. One of the most important things that you should consider is doing a home inspection before buying. This way, you make sure you spend your money on the right thing and save yourself from any unnecessary expenses. If you hire a real estate agent, then he or she is going to take care of everything for you, but if you want to do it yourself, then here are five tips to a perfect home inspection:
1- Check the foundation:
The first thing that you need to do when checking a home for possible purchase is to look for structural problems. You should check the walls, roofs and floor for any cracks. You should also check for any structural problems, especially in the basement. After you make sure that the structure of the house is in good shape, you should move to the next thing.
2- Check for interior problems:
When doing a home inspection, you should check if all openings function correctly. Checking every door and window in the home could save you minor yet very annoying expenses as well. Furthermore, check if all locks work properly or not.
Checking plumbing problems should be one of the most important items in your home inspection checklist. You could literally spend a fortune fixing anything related to plumbing if you don’t know how to do a good inspection. You should check for any problems in your pipes, especially in areas where there has been a fix. Checking the areas of the wall where the pipe goes through is really helpful to tell if there is any wall damage from water leakage. Furthermore, check if there is good water pressure (cold and hot). Checking everything that operates on water (toilets, showers…etc.) is also recommended when doing a home inspection.
Ensuring that all appliances work properly is a must when it comes to purchasing a home. Checking wiring, outlets and switches should be a priority when doing an electricity check. I know that most of you aren’t electricity experts, but doing a basic check could save you a lot of money.
5- Hire an inspector:
I know that many people would probably tell me that they can’t afford a home inspector, especially when they are about to purchase a new home. However, I strongly recommend doing so as there are hundreds of other things that you can’t check unless you’re an expert. $300 or so isn’t a big deal, especially if you want to make sure that nothing goes wrong after purchasing the property.