After what seemed like eons, you finally found what you believe to be the home of your dreams. You are anxious to move in and get settled. However, before you can do so, there are a number of steps that you have to take. One of the most important things that you need to do is schedule a home inspection.
When a house is inspected, a professional looks at the various features of the home including the electrical wiring, plumbing, roofing, and insulation, as well as structural features of the home. He or she is trained to find issues that are not noticeable to the buyer. It is important to have this done so that you do not end up purchasing a property that is in need of major repairs.
Once the inspection is finished, the buyer will receive a report that includes improvements or repairs he or she believes are necessary in order to bring the home up to current standards and codes. These issues could be pricey to fix and are usually used as a negotiating tool.
There are a variety of different types of home inspection processes that you may want to have done before the closing date on your new home. These go beyond the general residential inspection performed on the home where a certified home inspector would inspect the structure, exterior, roof, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, interior, insulation and ventilation.
On the top of this list is a termite/wood destroying organism inspection. When this examination is conducted, the inspector checks for signs of structural damage created by wood boring insects. This analysis can be done by the general home inspector if he or she is trained, or you may need to get a specialist.
Another important review that you should have the house you are buying go through is a radon inspection. Radon is a radioactive gas that is formed by the breakdown of radium. It occurs naturally, especially in areas that have been built over granite. Radon is considered hazardous to your health and can accumulate in homes. Areas of confined spaces such as attics and basements are particularly prone to the buildup. Radon levels fluctuate naturally, regardless of where it is found.
A radon test consists of placing a radon kit on the lowest livable floor of the house and leaving it there for up to a week. The kit is then sent to a lab for analysis. If the radon test comes back indicating that levels in the home are high, there are several different ways to alleviate the radon. Some could be costly which is why the testing is important. Like the termite inspection, your general inspector can do this test if they are certified. Otherwise, they can recommend a radon inspector.
Prior to closing, you should also have the well water tested, the oil tank examined, and the septic tank checked. General home inspectors may be qualified to perform any and all of these tests for additional fees. It is important that you ask your potential inspector what his/her qualifications may be. It is recommended that you attend your home inspection processes in order to see your forthcoming home through the eyes of an expert.