7 Inspections Every Buyer Should Do Before Buying a Home
When buying a home your job, as the Buyer is to learn as much as you can about the home before you buy it. Hiring licensed professionals to inspect the home and individual systems can save you thousands of dollars in the long run. It is also an important negotiating tool to reduce the purchase price, or to get repairs done during the escrow process.
- Home Inspection
- Pest Inspection
- Well Inspection
- Septic or Sewer Inspection
- Roof Inspection
- HVAC System
- Corner Survey
1. Home Inspection
It is important to have a licensed professional look at and test everything in the home. You will find out what needs repair and what may not be to code. Having the Home Inspection Report can give you a good negotiating tool for repairs or price reduction and a great Honey Do List for when you close escrow.
2. Pest Inspection
A licensed Pest Inspection company will be able to access the condition of the home, and give you a clean bill of health regarding dry rot, and any infestation problems of the home. It also gives you a realistic view of how the home has been maintained.
3. Well Inspection
Water is the most important resource, especially in times of drought.If your home is not in a public water district a well inspection is important. A well test and inspection will tell you the state of your equipment and test the GPM of the well. Have the inspector look at any filtration system the may be attached to the well. You can also obtain the records of when and where the original well was installed. Be sure to ask the Seller if the know how old the pump is, and obtaining a mineral panel will give a good idea of what is in the water that you will be drinking.
4. Septic/Sewer Inspection
If the property is on public Sewer, make sure there has been a back flow device installed (if required) , and you can check the lines to make sure there aren’t any tree roots blocking it.
If it is on a Septic System an inspection will include a pumping to clear out the old and ensure the system is functioning properly. Understanding the type of system is important as some systems require more maintenance than others. Again getting the original documentation of installation from the county records is a good idea to see where the leach lines and repair area are. Make sure the system is an adequate size for the bedrooms of the home.
5. Roof Inspection
A roof is a big-ticket item. Find out the condition, material used and longevity of the roof.
6. HVAC Service Inspection
Heating and air conditioning systems are very important to the home. Another big –ticket item, it should be serviced once yearly. Get a company to service the unit, they will tell you the size of the filters you need, the age and life left in the system.
7. Corner Survey
It is important to know what property you are purchasing. Learn where the corners are to avoid an neighbor issues about fencing or encroachment. Never take the word of a Seller to show the corners or trust a fence line. Boundary issues can be costly to repair.
If you get these 7 basic inspections done on your new potential home you will know what you are getting into and will be able to save yourself heart ache in the future.