On the surface, homes can appear to be in excellent condition. However, major issues can be lurking below the surface, waiting for the right moment (or perhaps the wrong moment) to become noticeable - often resulting in costly repairs. This is why home inspections are highly recommended prior to purchasing a home, especially when a home is over 15 years old. Fifteen years is the average life for many larger components like appliances, HVAC systems, roofs, and water heaters. As a home buyer you need a professional home inspector to evaluate and determine if updating, repairing or replacing is needed immediately or may be needed in the near future.
A pre-listing home inspection is a worthwhile investment. If your are planning to sell your home, a home inspection gives you the opportunity to make all the necessary repairs that will get the house in better condition to sell. In today's real estate market, getting your home pre-inspected can be a big selling point. You might know your own home, but there can still be a lot of hidden issues; an inspection can help you find and fix them before listing a home.
Also known as the 11-Month End of Warranty Inspection. The builder's warranty usually lasts 1 to 2 years. Getting a thorough home inspection before the warranty expires will reveal any defects. If you find defects before the warranty expires, the builder may be responsible for the repairs. Even if the best contractors built your home, sometimes mistakes can just happen, and it's best to have a professional home inspection done for your peace of mind.
During this phase items can be overlooked and can also result in construction defects of varying degrees. However, many of these defects are covered up and not visible prior to your final pre-purchase inspection. This is why it’s so important to inspect a new construction home during the framing, rough-in phase. An independent inspection will help to ensure that the home is constructed properly, which will lead to fewer problems in the future.
NEW DOESN'T MEAN PERFECT
When buying a new home, don’t overlook the value of having an independent inspection performed. There are multiple contractors in and out of the property working on the different aspects of construction. Plumbers, electricians, framers, and insulators are all working independently to get their portions of the job done. A home inspection will validate the condition and performance of home’s components, prior to taking ownership.
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