Items Home Inspectors Are Not Required to Cover During an Inspection

Items Home Inspectors Are Not Required to Cover During an Inspection

It surprises many homeowners or buyers when they first learn about all of the things that a pre-purchase inspection doesn’t cover. This is important because it can greatly impact the financial situation from either side.

Imagine buying a home that you didn’t realize needed a complete chimney repair. How about if you are getting ready to sell your home only to find out it has mold right before closing? With these things in mind, here are 5 more things that standard home inspections don’t include:

Plumbing & Septic

Damages pipes and clogged sewer systems can be major expenses when the problem is serious. Failing to catch it before selling or buying your home can be costly.

HVAC Systems

Not only is this something that can be expensive to repair, an improperly functioning heating or cooling system can make the move-in process miserable.

Pests

Who wants to move into a new home only to discover it is infested with some kind of animal or bug? Bats can be nearly silent and go undiscovered until the smell of their waste becomes noticeable. Without paying for an upgraded inspection or hiring a pest control expert you could find yourself in a similar situation.

Roof Condition

Most inspection guidelines only require the inspector to view high-up objects from the ground level with binoculars. For this reason it is highly unlikely that any minor or possibly even major roof issue would be detected.

Any Non-Visible Items

The inspector will only see what is out in plain sight. Things like electrical wire, insulation, as well as anything on the interior of the structure will never be looked at. That means that anything going on in any of these areas will go unnoticed unless you have specialized inspections.

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To make sure that the home you are buying or selling is in the shape it needs to be in, give us a call here at Bell Law. We’ll oversee your entire real estate transaction to guarantee that all of your best interests are met. We can handle everything from appraisals and contracts to negotiating rate and term. We can provide as little or as much assistance as you need.

Should I Have an Inspection Prior to Putting My Home on the Market?

Should I Have an Inspection Prior to Putting My Home on the Market?

While it may be commonplace for the buyer of a home to order the inspection after putting an offer on a home or property, some sellers are choosing to invest in an inspection before putting their home on the market. Having a heads up on major issues can help improve the sale of your home and increase the time in which it takes to close.

What Do Inspectors Look For?

Most home inspectors have seven major items they inspect in a home during the inspection process. Those include water damage, structural issues, electrical issues, plumbing, pest infestations, roof damage, and HVAC issues. 

The main goal of an inspector is to identify any health, safety, and major mechanical issues. They will inspect both the interior and exterior of the home, so it is important to remember that proper yard maintenance can play a big part in maintaining your home as well.

How Can an Inspection Help a Seller?

When you have decided it is time to move on and put your home up for sale, you may already have your next perfect home picked out and waiting for you. If you could cut the time it takes to sell and most importantly close on your home, why not try. 

Having a pre-inspection can give the seller a heads up regarding any major issues that need to be addressed in the home before putting the home on the market. This can allow you to have any issues corrected in advance of the sale which can allow you to list for a higher amount and cut out most of the time it takes to haggle about home issues with potential buyers. Not only can this be beneficial for the seller, but it also sends a message to the buyer that the homeowner cared for the home and was on top of any potential issues, making the buyer more confident in their decision.

Selling your home can come with many challenges and it can be helpful to have professionals to turn to with any concerns and questions you may have. This is where the friendly experts at Bell Law come in handy. They can guide you through the selling process and advise you as to what steps would be most beneficial to you to help get your home sold fast and efficiently.

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