If you are purchasing a resale property, I highly recommend that you have a professional home inspector conduct a thorough inspection. The inspection will include but may not be limited to the following:
- Air conditioning and heating
- Roof and Attic
- General Structure
The inspection is not designed to criticize every minor problem or defect in the home. It is intended to report on major damage or serious problems that require repair. Should serious problems be indicated, the inspector will recommend that a structural engineer or other professional inspect it as well.
A home cannot “pass or fail” a home inspection, and your inspector will not tell you whether he/she thinks the home is worth the money you are offering. The inspector’s job is to make you aware of repairs that are recommended or necessary. The seller may be willing to negotiate completion of repairs or a credit for completion of repairs, or you may decide that the home will take too much work and money. A professional inspection will help you make a clear-headed decision.
In addition to the overall inspection, you may wish to have separate tests conducted for termites or the presence of radon gas.
In choosing a home inspector, consider one that has been certified as a qualified and experienced member by a trade association.
I recommend you not be present at the time inspection so that the inspector will be able to fully focus on the job of inspecting your home. Prior to the inspection you may speak to the inspector and identify any concerns you have that you’d like him to take a closer look at. You will receive a detailed inspection report within 2-3 days after the inspection and the “Summary” section of the report will identify exactly which areas need attention.