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In theory, everyone knows that a pre-purchase home inspection is important. At the end of a home search, however, some potential buyers are so excited and anxious to make an offer that they are tempted to skip this step or assume that it’s not really necessary for their “perfect” home. This would be a huge mistake! It is always important to have any home that you are interested in purchasing examined before you make an offer.
Choosing a Home Inspector
The person you choose to conduct your pre-purchase inspection is key to a successful outcome. In the state of California, home inspectors are not required to have a license. Ask your potential inspector if he or she is a member of the American Association of Home Inspectors (ASHI), or if they are certified by the California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA). The CREIA certification curriculum involves 8 classroom DVDs, 2 textbooks, and 25 practice inspections, along with a mentorship program. The ASHI training requires 80 hours of inspector education. Both certification programs require passing a 200-question exam, and membership in ASHI means that the inspector has performed a minimum of 250 paid professional inspections. You can also ask your inspector if he or she has achieved master level certification, which carries additional requirements.
It is ideal if your inspector is a licensed professional engineer so that they are able assess any structural damage there might be in the house. You can also ask your inspector to provide the contact information for past clients you can speak to and whether he or she offers any guarantees. You will want to know what the inspection will consist of, how much it will cost, and how long it will be before you receive a full report.
You can search for home inspectors in your area on the American Society of Home Inspectors’ website. The best way to find a good home inspector, however, is by word-of-mouth referral from friends, family members, or an experienced Westlake Village Realtor®. Your real estate agent will know which home inspectors are the best in your area, which is important because a local inspector will be able to catch problems that are specific to your neighborhood.
Home Inspection Process
Once you have chosen a home inspector and booked an appointment, you may be wondering what types of things your home inspection will cover. The process will be fairly exhaustive and will typically include examination of the following aspects of the building:
- Structural components – ceilings, floors, roof, walls, foundation, crawl spaces, basement
- Roof / attic – drainage systems, skylights, chimneys, roof coverings, gutters, downspouts
- Exterior of the house – landscaping, grading, drainage, driveways, fences, sidewalks, doors, windows, trim, lights, wall covering, moldings, porch / deck
- Garage – walls, ceiling, roof, windows, vents, firewall, garage door, openers
- Systems – water heaters, furnaces, air conditioning, sprinklers
- Electrical – main panel, wiring, ceiling fans, light fixtures, fuse box / circuit breakers, outlets, smoke detectors
- Plumbing – toilers, showers, sinks, automatic safety controls, venting, flues, vents, sump pumps, faucets, traps, faucets / fixtures
- Built-in appliances – dishwasher, garbage disposal, oven, range, microwave, trash compactor
- Other aspects of the house may be inspected if applicable, such as septic tanks
The report you will receive after the inspection will make note of anything that might require repair or service. No house is perfect, so every inspection will include a few flaws. If there are any major problems – such as an issue that threatens health or safety; problems with the roof, furnace or air conditioning; structural issues; excessive moisture; termites; inadequate wiring; plumbing issues or deficient drainage – you will need to decide whether or not you are still interested in the home. If you are, you can give the seller a formal request to repair. You may decide, however, that you would prefer to address the issues yourself after purchasing the house in order to ensure that the repairs are done right. It may be helpful to call a contractor and discuss your options and what the potential cost for various repairs might be.
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Our team has helped many people find the home they always hoped to find. We can walk you through the process of finding a home inspector and we can help you evaluate the results. Call Lydia Gable Realty Group today and get started on your journey toward the home you’ve always wanted.