of us would consider buying a used car without first having a mechanic look it
over, or at least taking it out for a test drive. Yet that is exactly what many
buyers do when buying a resale home. They often fail to have a professional home
inspection performed on the home they are interested in, even though it is probably
the largest and most important investment they will ever make.
Fortunately, there is a growing industry of home inspectors to fill this
gap. Unless you are an expert, it is highly unlikely that you will catch a home's
minor, or sometimes even major, problems during a typical house viewing. This
is why it is important to obtain a professional unbiased second opinion before
making such an important decision.
Top 10 most common
problems found by Home Inspectors
A good home inspector will give you an unbiased assessment of the structural
and mechanical soundness of the home. He or she will identify any existing or
potential problem areas, and give an overview of the condition of the foundation,
basement, roof, windows, doors, walls, ceilings, floors, plumbing, electrical,
heating & cooling systems. The best inspectors will also make suggestions on
how to solve any problems they discover and give a general estimate of possible
A Home Inspection is the best way to 'test drive' your new home. It allows
you to make your purchase with confidence. It avoids nasty surprises once the
deal has closed, and it offers the chance to rethink or renegotiate an offer
if serious concerns do arise.
hiring a home inspector, make sure of the following
- That they are well established and have the required experience and credentials.
- That they are independent and unbiased - they have no affiliation with any
firms that might create a conflict of interest.
- That they will provide a thorough written report of their findings.
- That they stand behind their work. What warranties do they provide?
- That they are members of a professional association, such as ASHI (American
Society of Home Inspectors), NANB (National Association of Home Builders) or
ICBO (International Conference of Building Officials).