According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, 88% home buyers reported increased confidence in their purchase decision after a professional home inspection.
Some buyers still fall for the temptation to opt out of a home inspection, to save cost or because they believe they simply don’t need it.
At Elite Inspection Group, we believe home buyers should ALWAYS have a professional inspection; here’s why:
- A home is one of the most important and expensive purchases you’ll ever make.
- Home inspections are an inexpensive way to avoid costly repairs and make an informed purchase.
- Without a licensed professional, you may overlook certain damages.
- A home inspection offers the opportunity to settle needed repairs before closing the deal.
- A professional inspector can assess the home for potential repairs needed down the road.
- Home inspections increase buyer confidence!
Once you’ve made the wise decision to have your home inspected before making a purchase, there are several core areas; you’ll want the inspector to focus on:
Inspectors should check the home for age and functionality of wiring, outlets, circuit interrupters and electrical panel. An oversight in these areas could lead to electrocution, fire hazard, electrical shock or burns.
Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
Ask your inspector to assess the age of the home’s furnace and air conditioning, as well as the need for repairs. Your inspector should also have a look at the home’s ducting, insulation and potential signs of asbestos.
Ask your inspector to confirm your plumber installed your water heater properly and is functional. Next, ask your inspector to assess its age, as well as remaining lifespan.
Inspectors do not always include kitchen appliances in an inspection, but if they are, check for general functionality, as well as age, to determine if/when they will need to be updated.
Ask the inspector to confirm the laundry room is properly ventilated, as a faulty dryer exhaust system can be a dangerous fire hazard.
Test the home’s fire detectors, as well as the garage to determine if it has an appropriate fire rating.
Ask your inspector to check for leaks and proper ventilation in the bathrooms, as poor air flow can lead to mold or mildew. The inspector should also confirm all toilets and faucets are properly secured.
Elite Inspection Group covers all the essential inspection zones, as well as a few extras:
- Structure and foundation
- Electrical systems
- Plumbing systems
- Roofs and attics
- Basements and crawl spaces
- Gutters and drainage points
- Walls, floors and ceilings
- Porches and patio decks
- Property and grading
- Furnaces in heating season
- Air conditioning in cooling season
- Plumbing fixtures in kitchens and baths
- Water heaters (traditional and tankless)
- Lights and receptacles
- Built-in appliances
- Indoor air quality testing
- Termite Inspections
- Wood destroying organisms
- Swimming pool and spa inspection
Before you make one of the most important purchase decisions of your life, get in touch with Elite Inspection Group for a professional, convenient home inspection.