When buying a home, it is important that the home is inspected before you go through with the final closing. Your dream home may appear perfect with the naked eye but there are a lot of things that can end up costing you a lot of money in the long run. From the structure of the home to the electrical and ventilation, how much you should actually be spending on the home can change drastically. So, make sure a professional gets in the home and looks it over top to bottom.
Areas that should be examined by a professional:
Structure and Exterior
Structural aspects of a home such as the foundation and framing should be inspected closely before buying a home. If the home is built in a way that will not stand up to expansive soils, you will have a big problem down the road. It is sometimes easy to spot signs of poor structure, but issues can be hidden as well. Further, during the inspection, sidewalks, the driveway, steps, windows, doors, trim, decks, etc. should be closely examined.
The walls, ceilings, counter tops and floors should be closely examined. These areas are key to showing any signs of water damage, construction issues and more.
Roofing can become very expensive. If you buy a home that happens to have a newly replaced roof, you are really lucky! This will save you lots of money in the future. During the inspection, the professional should check the roof, gutters, drainage system and chimneys.
Plumbing and Electrical
Plumbing and electrical are perfect examples of hidden problems in a seemingly nice home. Make sure that the inspector checks the water supply and drainage systems, the water heater and pipes for rust. For electrical, check the number of outlets, the breakers and service panels. Fixing these things down the line aren't a fun way to spend your money in a new home.
Heating and AC
Vents, flutes, air conditioning and the water heater in the home should be inspected. Just like a new roof, a new water heater is a gold mine. Not having to replace this will save you a lot down the road.
Having a home properly insulated is important for saving you money every month. Especially during the winter in Colorado, it is important to make sure heat is not escaping. The attic, crawl spaces and unfinished areas should be checked out. Ventilation is also very important to avoid water damage and mold.
Fireplaces can be a huge hazard if not properly installed. Inspecting the fireplace is especially necessary in older homes to make sure there are no fire hazards that you could be at risk with.
To learn more, visit the National Association of Realtors
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