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What Happens During a Home Inspection

By: Tanya Torres

 

Photo by Gus Ruballo on Unsplash

 

Buying a home is an important purchase in your life no matter if it is your first home or your fifth. Being aware of what you are investing in is extremely crucial especially when it costs you more than a pretty penny which is why we recommend paying close attention to the home’s inspection. An inspection on a home can tell you if the home is worth investing in which is why it is worth doing for anyone, even if you are an experienced buyer or if you are a first-time buyer. Here are some tips to help you navigate the inspection. 

 

Roof 

Having a roof over your head is one of the most important things you will need in your life because it provides you shelter, a safe space and it just makes you feel comfortable. However, when you are purchasing a home you will need to look at the roof before you do anything else. If the roof of the house you are purchasing has damage or missing, loose or curled shingles then you will be looking at repair costs in the future. Be aware that shingle roofs have a lifespan of up to 50+ years depending on how well-maintained it is, but can last shorter from 15-20 years too. 

 

HVAC Unit

No one wants to repair something in a home after spending a lot of money to buy the home which is why you will need to check out the HVAC Unit before giving away your money. An HVAC Unit can keep the heat and cold away, but if it isn’t functioning well then you’re stuck with a heft house bill plus a bill for a new unit. Although the unit should have a sticker indicating when the unit was installed, sometimes the sticker is not there so you will not know how old the unit is. Although you may think that there is no other way to find out the installation date, you are in luck because you can easily find out this information by using the serial number of the unit. 

 

Electrical 

Checking out the electric service when viewing a potential home is important because banks look at how much AMPs are in the electrical to approve their loan to you. For example, older homes typically have 100 AMPs in the home and newer ones have 200 AMPs. If the home you are viewing has anything below those amounts then the loan will most likely not be approved. In order to check the AMPs, all you will have to do is find the panel box and check to see the number of AMPs on it. 

 

Plumbing

A home is an investment and when you are not careful with checking it out then you might be facing repair costs on top of the huge investment you put into buying the home. Checking out the plumbing is extremely important because of the many problems you might face if it is not working properly. Be sure to check out the faucets, toilets, sinks by checking if they are draining properly and for any leaks in the pipes under the sinks. Turn on everything and see if the water pressure is good and if everything is on securely. Lastly, be sure to taste the water from the sinks to make sure it tastes and smells good so you won’t have to invest in water bottles for the rest of your life.

 

Water Heater Age

Everything you buy has a lifespan and if these products are at the end of their life then it is important to be on top of it. When you are buying a home, you will need to check the age of items like the water heater to ensure that you will not have to purchase a new one in a few months or be shocked when it does go out after a year of being in the new home. Check for a sticker indicating the build date on the unit 

 

Windows

Windows are very important, especially when you want to keep the outside air from entering and the inside air from escaping or when you want to open the window or close them. If your windows are not functioning properly then you will face an increase in your bills due to the windows not being energy efficient. Keep an eye out for homes with double-paned windows since these types of windows will help with your energy bill costs. 

 

 

Tanya Torres is a content writer for Brian Burds at Century 21 who has written several publications as a freelance writer for KISS-FM, Fusion Magazine, El Paso Times and so on.

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