Whether you are a new homeowner looking to sell, a buyer or a tenant undergoing a lease, chances are you are going to partake in a home inspection some time around. Home inspections are an important process to implement for your home as it can improve the health, safety and functionality of your home with all occupants who reside in it. Home inspections ensure that you are aware of builder oversights or technical issues and provide you with the opportunity or need for major or minor repairs. Overall, it is essential to partake in home inspections in order to retain proper home maintenance.
Home Inspections and What to Expect
What is included in a general home inspection?
A general home inspection will include a noninvasive survey of your house that is customarily conducted by a qualified and trained home inspector in order to access any physical or functional errors in your home. Home inspections are done before a home appraisal which can affect the pricing of your home dependent on the results. Home inspections can also be done before or after a lease contract begins or ends.
Can you fail a home inspection?
You can’t fail a home inspection as it is a technically just a report or log on the condition of a home, therefore there aren’t any specific things that fail a home inspection.
What should a good home inspection include?
A good home inspection should include the inspection of all of the numerous systems of the home such as plumbing, electrical systems, furnace and water heaters, HVACs (in case of Central Heating Repair,) smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, gas and more. Additionally, inspecting the overall structure and foundation of your home is essential in preventing future problems from arising.
Home Inspection Checklist
- Windows and doors
- Garage doors and operators
- Floors, ceilings and walls
- Stairways, railings and steps
- Cabinets and countertops
- Floors, ceilings and walls
Do Home Inspectors check appliances?
Yes, they generally check kitchen appliances.
It is also recommended that they check the laundry room’s electrical and plumbing connections as well as your furnace and water heaters.
A home inspector may check things such as plumbing problems with running water in which there may be a need of Faucet and Fixture Repairs as a solution.
Another issue that may be noticed by home inspectors or yourself are cracks in the walls which may indicate a range of cosmetic or structural issues that would need to be addressed in order to fix possibilities such as a sinking foundation.
- Exterior doors
- Porches, balconies, decks and stoops
- Steps and railing
- Patios, driveways and walkways
- Flashing, trim and wall coverings
- Fascias, eaves and soffits that are visible from the ground
- Retaining walls and drainage
- Plants and grading
- Roof, gutters, downspouts
- Chimneys, skylights and roof penetrations
- Basements and crawl spaces
These types of inspections can include looking for things such as curled shingles which could indicate that a roof may be having wear issues with potential water damage to blocked drainage systems that may require plumbing repairs.
Who should pay for a home inspection?
The buyer generally pays for the home inspection yet in some cases it can be negotiated with the seller on the payment. In any condition, it would beneficial for both the buyer and seller to conduct home inspections for the betterment of the house.
Due to the risk of payment not falling through, home inspection companies may require that payment be taken at the time of inspection before or after the inspection is complete. Prices range in conjunction to the demographic location, size, year and additional tests you may conduct such as septic, well or radon testing.
Home Inspection Tips
Some home inspection tips to keep in mind before the home inspectors come around is to make sure that the house in good condition so there aren’t as many negative feedback that can affect your home’s subsequent appraisal.
- Do your own pre-inspection so you may ask question about specific issues your inspector can pay special attention to.
- Pay special attention to your roof, cosmetic issues, testing your GFCIs, attic, basement, furnace and water heaters as well as plumbing.
- Ask questions if you are confused as it’s better to get answers before issues arise later.
- Ask your inspector to bring a camera to photograph any potential issues so you may understand the problems that they point out.
All in all, after a home inspection has been made, it may be necessary to conduct fixtures and repairs. Depending on your contract, either the buyer or seller may choose to follow-up in providing these remedies.
We’d love to assist you in all your home inspection preparations or fixture requests here at Echo Plumbing, Inc.! Give us a call at 888-387-0674 to schedule an evaluation today! We’re always ready and happy to help anyone in the Cabrillo, CA area!