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Buying a home is a risky business, mostly because there is a lot of money involved and for most people this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. In order to be sure that everything is in proper order with the home that we are intent on buying, we perform home inspections, which...Read More
Buying a home is a risky business, mostly because there is a lot of money involved and for most people this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. In order to be sure that everything is in proper order with the home that we are intent on buying, we perform home inspections, which are basically detailed examinations of the condition of the house in question. A home inspection is different from the appraisal since appraisers are predominantly concerned with the value of the house while home inspectors focus on the “health” condition of the property.
Trying to put some order into this process, the American Society of Home Inspectors was founded in 1976, and since that moment, it sets the standards and provides training for home inspectors. Because of these rules of conduct and strict ethic codes, people who hire home inspectors to perform an examination of a house can be certain that the job will be done in accordance with the regulations and in a highly professional manner. The actual process of home inspection lasts from two to four hours, although this can vary depending on the size of the property, and the results are usually ready within 24 hours.
Since home inspection is a non-invasive assessment and everything is done in a visual manner, home inspectors can only look and observe objects around the house, which means that they are not allowed to drill, remove or break apart any appliances or pieces of home equipment. Their tasks are to perform the inspection, write the report and hopefully leave a positive impression on the customer, so they would hire them again in the future.
When it comes to the actual inspection, here are some of the tasks that fall under the job description of a home inspector:
– structure: home inspectors should check the foundations, settlement and siding of a house, as well as porches and outside staircases, if there are any;
– exterior: walkways and driveways are also under inspection, but home inspectors will probably focus more on the condition of balconies, windows, and decks;
– roofing: while being outside, home inspectors will also check the roofing, either by using the binoculars and observe from the ground or by climbing directly onto the roof where they may check the drainage and chimneys as well;
– plumbing: water pressure and water supply are an integral part of any house, and home inspectors must carefully look for any leaks or damaged pipes;
– electrical systems: electricity is also highly important in any home, which means that home inspectors must pay attention to switches and outlets, along with other safety concerns about electric power;
– heating and air conditioning: ventilation should also be checked, and heating units are often tested for their efficiency;
– interior: the home interior is probably the biggest concern to any buyer, so inspectors must carefully assess the condition of walls, floors, and ceilings;
– appliances: home appliances are also very important for the quality of life and they should be checked for functionality and their overall condition.