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Importance of Home Inspections Before Buying Your New Home

A thorough inspection by a professional is very important when buying a home. It is important to know the property that you are planning to buy is or isn't, free from hidden defects and is priced accordingly.
Importance of Home Inspections Before Buying Your New Home

A thorough inspection by a professional is very important when buying a home. It is important to know the property that you are planning to buy is or isn't, free from hidden defects and is priced accordingly.

Finding needed repairs can often be used as leverage to lower the sale price as well.  If you are a seller, you may be smart in getting the inspection done in advance to and to fix up anything noted as detrimental.  It makes the sale go easier and lessens the negotiations.

But sellers usually wait for the home buyers to do a home inspection.  Once a buyer finds defects on the property, they will usually make a lower offer and spend more on the needed repairs.

Another argument in performing a home inspection in advance is the amount of time it will save you, both in repair time and closing.  

Either way, it is very important for you to understand exactly what the Real Estate Home Inspection involves and perhaps even more importantly what is NOT inspected.

Following is a list of what many inspectors take a look at for you. It is still a very good idea to go over the list with your inspector to verify each one:

 o Structural components including foundation and framing of the home that can be seen.

 o Exterior features including siding, soffit, porches, balconies, walkways, railings and driveways.

 o Roof system including shingles, flashing and skylights.

 o Electrical system including service panels, breakers, and fuses.

 o Plumbing systems including pipes, drains, water heating equipment and sump pumps.

 o The heating system including equipment and venting.

 o Cooling system including energy sources and distribution equipment.

 o Interior features including walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, stairs and railings.

 o Insulation and ventilation including those in the attic and other unfinished spaces.

 o Fireplaces including chimneys and vents.

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 And perhaps even more importantly, these are some things that may NOT be covered in the inspection:

 o Hot tubs and swimming pools

 o Kitchen appliances and central vacuum systems

 o Lawn sprinkler systems

 o Fire and smoke detection and suppression systems

 o Alarm/intrusion detection systems

 o Television antenna or satellite dishes

 o Detached structures like a garage or shed

 o Well systems

 o Code compliance

 o Environmental hazard reports like radon, asbestos or lead

 Be aware there is a separate inspection for Termites!!

 Please understand what happens if your inspection is in error as well.  Often, there is no liability.  It is a visual inspection only and they do not look inside walls or pipes or take anything apart.  They only report on what is on the outside; It is a visual inspection (Can't stress that enough!) that you are paying them to report upon. 

 Talk to your inspection firm and understand what they look for, what they don't look for and what happens if something unexpected pops up afterward.

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 Cost of a home inspection

 Regulation of home inspection companies varies by state, as does the cost of a good home inspection. Talk to your Broker for a referral to their favorite inspector.  It's the best source, as we see many inspectors and their work.

 There are several basic guidelines to help determine the cost of a home inspection. First is the size of your home; the larger the square footage, the more you'll pay. In addition, if you have special requests - for example, you have concerns about asbestos - you'll likely need a specialized professional and will have to pay more as a result.

 Expect to pay at least $400 for a home inspection from a reputable company on an average 2,000 square-foot home. However be aware that price can easily push to $500 or $600+ if you have a large home or need additional inspections, such as radon, pool or termite, which aren't typically included in a general inspection.



A Termite Inspection - What Does It Cover?

A Termite Inspection - What Does It Cover?

Be aware that many home inspections for real estate closings DO NOT include a termite inspection. Nor do they always include environmental hazards like radon.

Termites present in your property could be one of the most costly mistakes you ever make if you just ignore the situation.

Termites eat cellulose and the wood portion even interior walls in a MASONRY HOME. The little nuisances can and will cause severe structural damage to your home and could, in fact, destroy it completely. Getting a professional inspection done can be the best money you ever spend.

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A termite inspection is a visual inspection of all accessible areas of your property to determine if there is any activity from termites. It should include the entire building, inside and out, nearby landscaping areas, attics, basements and crawlspaces. While they are looking for termites, they should also be wary of any carpenter ant presence.

And Homeowners insurance will NOT cover you against termite damage. There is an insect and vermin exclusion.

If your area is prone to termite infestations there are services available and spending a few dollars each year to have termites eradicated by bait stations is a good idea.

Be wary of any signs too. Termite droppings can be the first clue. These look similar to grains of sand or sawdust scattered around. They vary in color from brown to beige Direct wooden wall and trim damage should be noted as well. If the paint on the outside is soft to press upon, look underneath. They will leave the paint and eat the wood alone thereby disguising their presence.

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When the weather starts to warm up, if you find little wings shed around your windows or even on the floors, you have a termite problem. They are hatching and trying to escape to found a new colony.

This is not to scare you, but to make you aware. When you find them, quick action will keep them from becoming a major expense.

When you are looking for solutions about Florida Real Estate - you may be trying to find more details about Professional Real Estate Broker that will treat you like family...

Please view the video to see what we mean.   It's under 10 minutes and will give you the basics of what to expect and look for in your Florida real estate journey.

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