Buying a home is not just the largest single investment most people make; a home is where we live! And the home we live in affects our lives, our family, our investment, and our joy! You need a home construction professional to give you the best possible information about the current condition of your proposed new home, maintenance suggestions, and operational tips.
Existing homes are affected not only by their initial construction, but by current expectations for home performance and the home’s previous maintenance. The bones of the home are rarely changed, understanding the initial construction is foundational. Understanding current expectations for safety and performance allows you to understand the potential issues for updating the home to protect your family based on current standards. Understanding the effects of previous maintenance (or the lack of maintenance!) in the home is crucial! Some homes are so visually appealing that buyer have the tendency to look past the deferred maintenance. A thorough home inspection will allow you to fully understand the real condition of the home beneath the surface appeal.
The average Around the Home Inspection on existing homes has 39 issues identified, with the range of identified issues being from 18 to 93. A short select list of inspection issues identified have included; structurally compromised foundations, structurally compromised cut floor joists, decks not properly secured to homes, missing or defective GFCI electrical protection, plumbing fixtures not connected to drains, leaking hot water heaters, carbon monoxide in the home, improper grading causing water in crawl spaces and basements, roof leaks causing structural damage, and a wide variety of items not functioning properly.
For a modest investment in a home inspection, you can have peace of mind about the condition of your new home.