So you’re buying a house-congratulations! While it’s recommended to leave the inspection up to the professionals, there are a few things you can keep yourself in the loop on. Here are a couple tips on what to expect from your home inspection, as well as a few parts of the home inspection that your home inspector will cover.
While modern homes have proper electrical outlets, many older homes do not have adequate power where the home needs it. To counter this, many older homes run extension cords through rooms, which could lead to stress on the electrical system, potentially causing a fire.
Additionally, if your new home has open splice wires (often found in garages), call a licensed electrician to properly fix the issue.
Missing, cracked and broken shingles are one of the first things a home inspector may notice. Most often, the missing or broken tiles are replaceable with an exact or near-exact match. That being said, if the material under the shingles is rotted, you can request that they are fixed by the sellers.
Cracks formed by air and water.
Cracks formed at the windows can allow water to get into the wall of your home, which can cause mold. This is something that your home inspector will look at to determine if the crack is problematic or not.
Heating and Cooling
It is WARM in Arizona and the home inspector will check the cooling systems to make sure they are working efficiently. While it may not seem necessary during the summer months, the inspector will also check the heater to ensure it is also working.
Most importantly, ask questions of your home inspectors! At America’s Finest Home Inspection (Arizona), we want to make sure you understand what to expect from your home inspection & the complete report of our findings.