Are you currently in the process of looking for a new home? The process can be long and stressful. Dealing with realtors, negotiations and contracts can take the excitement out of finding the home of your dreams. All you want to do is find a way to speed up the process and start moving in! No matter how anxious you are to hurry things along, never take a shortcut when it comes to your home inspection.

Getting your potential new home inspected is one of the most critical steps in the home-buying process. While some home-buyers want to make sure that every little bit of chipped paint or scratch on the floor is taken care of before they move in, the real reason for a home inspection is to catch any critical issues that could create a major safety problem or financial burden.

The following is a list of what an inspector will look at and look for during a typical home inspection. Keep in mind that it is in your best interest to be present when the inspector is there so you can see what they see first hand, and ask any questions you may have.

  • HVAC – Note the condition and age of the system. An old or poorly maintained system can affect air quality and reduce efficiency
  • Plumbing – Look for leaks, broken pipes, note the condition of the water heater
  • Electrical systems – Improper or damaged wiring can pose a major threat of fire or electrocution. Exposed wiring or improperly modified electrical panels are some of the most common problems noted during a home inspection
  • Roof – Note any missing or loose shingles, missing or damaged flashing, or cracks in the chimney
  • Attic – Observe the type and quality of insulation, look for signs of leaks
  • Windows – Note age, condition, and if there are any cracks or leaks around them
  • Structural components – Take note of any uneven floors or cracks in the foundation
  • Floors and walls – Look for signs of water damage. Water damage, a big enough problem on its own, can indicate something bigger such as structural damage or a roof leak. Leaks that are overlooked can even result in a toxic mold that can pose a major health risk.
  • Insect or pest infestations – Look for signs of unwanted pests such as rodents or termites. Not only can they carry disease, but they can also destroy the wood and wiring in your home

If your home inspection reveals any major problems with the house, it is important that you address them right away. You have several options — you could ask the seller to fix it, ask for a lesser price on the house, ask for money for repairs, fix it yourself, or a combination of these options. Knowing that many major repairs can cost thousands of dollars, and sometimes uncover additional problems, it would be wise to take this into consideration before you agree to buy a house as-is.

Have you found a new home that you love and are you ready to take the next step toward making it your own? If you live in Dawson County and need an experienced, certified inspector, contact Cumberland Inspection Service. We’ll be happy to answer all of your questions, perform your home inspection, and deliver your report within 24 hours of completion. Call today!