Thursday, September 1, 2022

5 Reasons To Get A Home Inspection

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When buying a home, it's important to ensure everything is up to code. A home inspection can help you identify potential issues that may crop up in the future. If you notice any red flags while looking for a dream house, it's worth getting an inspection before making an offer. Here are five reasons to get a home inspection:

1. You want to know about the general condition of a property.

If you're buying a home, you want to know if it's structurally sound. You also want to know if any repairs need to be made or if there are problems with the property. If you don't know about these things before buying, any issues that arise later on could cost you a lot of money and aggravation.

A home inspection will also help determine whether or not the property is safe for habitation. In addition, the inspector will check all major systems in the home, such as electrical wiring, plumbing, and heating/cooling units, for proper operation and function to ensure they meet current building codes set forth by local jurisdictions.

2. You notice structural issues with the property.

There are a few reasons why you should get a home inspection. One reason is if you notice any structural issues with the property, such as cracks in the walls or ceiling. If these are not discovered before you buy the house, they can lead to problems later. For example, if something is wrong with your foundation and wasn't disclosed during an inspection, this could cause severe problems after moving into your new home. This could lead to you needing to make a claim. To learn more, here are some requirements of submitting a claim when it comes to property damage. 

3.  An insurance company points out a potential issue with the property.

If an insurance company points out a potential issue with the property, it's time to call in your inspector. Insurance companies recommend home inspections before insuring a property. They want to ensure that it's safe for you and your family.

Insurance companies can also help you negotiate on price if there are problems with the home. For example, if there are water damage issues in the basement or ceiling from flooding or heavy rainstorms, your insurance company may be able to convince the seller to lower their price.

4. Some doors or windows have been painted shut.

While this may not seem a big deal, it signifies moisture intrusion. This can lead to mold and mildew growth inside your home, which can cause health problems and damage your house's structure. A home inspector can give you the right tips and solutions to help make your home safe, for you and your family. 

5. The home you are looking at is older than 50 years​

If the home is older than 50, you should get a professional inspection before purchasing it. Homes built in the 1950s were not constructed to today’s standards and could have various issues ranging from lead paint to asbestos and mold. Newer homes will generally be more energy efficient, saving you money on utility bills.

After going through all seven reasons above, hiring an inspector would be worth your time to ensure you have a safe and comfortable home if even one applies to your situation.