The Real Estate Minute 3-23: New Home Inspections

By: Gary Bartlett
By: Gary Bartlett

If you're buying a home, one of the most important steps to take after your offer is accepted is get a home inspection! But what does a home inspection report disclose?

Let’s start with a definition. The purpose of an inspection is to reveal any structural or mechanical problems with the home that may not be easily detected to the untrained eye.

1. Heating and Cooling
One of the most expensive replacement items in any home is the heating and cooling systems. Make sure you get a comprehensive report spelling out the age, condition and expected life span of the current unit

2. Structural Elements.
This deals with the construction of walls, ceilings, floors, roof and foundation. In some cases if the roof is in poor condition you won't be able to get the home insured.

3. Plumbing.
Pay close attention to the plumbing category of the inspection.
This should identify the type of pipe materials used and the overall condition of water heaters, toilets, showers, sinks, faucets and traps. It does not include a sewer inspection.

Some buyers feel a home inspection is unnecessary, especially if they are buying new construction. But realize the builders' contractors make mistakes, too.

This is one of the biggest investments most people make. The cost of the home inspection is, as they say, priceless.

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