Buying a Home

Buying a Home? Getting a house inspected doesn’t guarantee smooth sailing. You need to play an active role in the process. You can be confident that you’re buying a good, solid house even if you’re not a structural engineer, plumber, roofer, or professional air quality evaluator. How? You hire a home inspector, of course.

Things to Know When Buying a Home

Buying a Home?Buying a Home? Getting a house inspected doesn’t guarantee smooth sailing. You need to play an active role in the process. You can be confident that you’re buying a good, solid house even if you’re not a structural engineer, plumber, roofer, or professional air quality evaluator. How? You hire a home inspector, of course.

This is true for new-construction homes, historic treasures, or your standard 30-year-old find. Here are some home inspection tips that could save you money and keep you from making missteps along the way.

Choose Your Inspector Wisely
Your real estate agent might suggest a home inspector, and that inspector could turn out to be wonderful. But you’re the one buying the house, so make sure you choose well. Besides asking your friends and neighbors, use the American Society of Home Inspectors to vet their recommendations and make sure you hire someone who’s qualified.

Interview your inspector and find out the following: how they work, their background, their training, whether they are licensed and insured, and if they attend continuing education classes. Be sure they have a communication style that you are comfortable with.

Attend the Inspection
Because buyers get a report from the inspector after the job’s done, many people don’t realize they can be at the inspection. In fact, good inspectors expect you to be there. That way, they can show you what they find and let you know whether it’s a big deal or not.

Unfortunately, some inspectors might cut corners, which is another reason to be there. Don’t let some snow or construction debris prevent your inspector from checking a hard-to-get-to area. If that happens, there’s a possibility a potential problem could be missed.

Don't Be Too Intimidated to Ask Questions
Unless you’re a contractor, you probably don’t know much about the “guts” of the house: the electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems. So attend the inspection — and ask plenty of questions. A good inspector will answer all of your questions thoroughly and will explain what he’s doing and looking at all along the way. If you don’t understand what the inspector tells you, ask for clarification.
Turn on Utilities
For a normal home inspection, the utilities will still be connected by the sellers — but that isn’t always the case. If utilities are turned off, you’ll miss seeing important stuff, such as whether the dishwasher drains properly, the pipes leak, or the water flow is sufficient.
Testing For Water and Mold Problems
If the home you’re buying gets its water from a drinking well (about 15% of U.S. homes do), you need to have the water tested for contaminants. You should get your water tested, whether it comes from a well or from a public source. Testing can tell you about the integrity of your plumbing, if you have copper or PVC, or if you have arsenic, lead, or radon exposure in the home.

It’s also important to test for mold as remediation can be expensive, and in the case of toxic molds may cause health issues.

Don't Assume a New-construction Home Is OK
You probably wouldn’t have a new car inspected by a mechanic before buying it, so the same goes when buying a new house, right? Surprisingly, new homes still need to be inspected. Some have been known to topple faster than a five-tier wedding cake without dowel support. Many have defects, even if they did meet county codes. If the builder reassures you that the house is perfect, get it inspected anyway. Save your urge to gamble for the casinos.
Hire a Specialist If You Need Be
A home inspector is like a doctor who’s a general practitioner. They both can diagnose problems, and they both know when to refer you to a specialist. If your housing inspector recommends a specialist, you should get one.
Take the Report Seriously
It’s understandable to want to buy a house after you’ve gone to all the trouble of finding it, putting in an offer, and then paying for an inspection. But don’t forget that the inspection is not a mere formality — you actually need to consider the results. If the inspector finds problems that the seller won’t address, depending on the severity of the problems, you might need to pass on the deal.

We hope as a home owner you found this information beneficial For further information or assistance with the inspection process, please feel free to contact AA home Inspection LLC by phone (859-448-0213) or via email (info@aahomeinspection.net).