When you are ready to complete a purchase and
sale agreement on a home, your offer will generally be contingent on a professional
inspection of the entire property - including improvements. The home inspector looks
beyond the cosmetics to make sure that the home's general systems operate properly.
The inspector will also look for large repairs that are needed and report on the condition
of the home.
The standard home inspector's report will review the conditions of the home's heating
and cooling system, interior plumbing and electrical systems, the roof, attic and visible
insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; foundation, basement and
visible structure. The inspector will also look for cracks in cement walls, water
stains that indicate leakage and any indication of wood rot. A home inspection
also points out the positive aspects of a home, as well as the maintenance that will
be necessary to keep it in good shape.
I am familiar with home inspection services and can provide you with a list of names
from which to choose. Another good source for finding a home inspector is to ask
a friend or business acquaintance, who has had a home inspection. Also, your mortgage
lender may be able to recommend a good home inspector. As in any profession there are
good and bad professionals, do not simply pick a name from the yellow pages.
Remember, no home is perfect, even if new. If problems are found, I will help you
negotiate through the process.