Are you like the millions of people who want to move into a new home this year, or planning to buy your first home? Chances are, the home you move into won’t be a brand new one. A good way to be aware of potential problems is to have a home inspection. According to the data provided by the National Association of Realtors, approximately 700,000 of the 6.1 million homes sold in 2016 were new, means nearly 90% of homebuyers moved into a home that someone else had already lived in.
A home inspection by a certified professional provides homebuyers a bit of confidence regarding the home’s condition and the effectiveness of its key systems like the roof, air conditioning, heating, and more.
Here are a five main home inspection items that a first-time homebuyer will want to collect more information about.
In most U.S states, a roof inspection takes place from the ground, without an inspector ever walking the roof. The possible drawback of this type of inspection is that an inspector can miss signs of wear and tear that could lead to high replacement costs in the future. It would be better asking the seller when the roof was last replaced, but damage can occur during a roof’s usable life. Therefore, hiring a certified home inspector who also does full roof inspections may be the best option. Usually, a roof inspection is necessary before getting a home insurance policy in Florida.
Heating and air conditioning
While the inspector may report that heating and cooling appliances are working properly, it’s important for a home buyer to ask about their usable life. The systems may be near the end of their average life span, a potential replacement cost that you estimate and plan for up front.
Still, a home energy audit and efficiency check frequently take place after a home is purchased. So, when planning for a home inspection, a homebuyer should inquire the company if home energy audits can save time and money.
A home inspector will test the water heaters temperature and report back to the homebuyer that the appliance is working fine. The inspection could save you money if you know how old the water heater is and what cost would generate down the road.
Wood-burning fireplace and chimney
Not every inspector is certified to inspect a fireplace and chimney. So, if you’re buying a home having a working fireplace, get the services of a professional that can be found at the Chimney Safety Institute of America.
An inspector will also examine the condition of the window, especially when buying an older home. They may found that the windows are original but not the most energy efficient.
Buying your first home can be complicated but working with the right team of professionals, real estate agents, housing counselors, and inspectors wouldn’t drain your finances. If you want to ensure long-term homeownership success, please contact our counselors at www.unitedcounselors.org because we can help you along each step of the successful home buying process.