Buying a home can be one of the most exciting times of your life, as long as you are comfortable with the purchase you’re making.
Unfortunately, your excitement can turn to anger if your home inspector misses something important. The same holds true if the seller hid something from you, thus making it impossible to pick up during the inspection.
The best thing you can do is hire an experienced home inspector. This person will know exactly what to look for to ensure that any problem is brought to light.
Here are a handful of things you should discuss with your inspector as he or she makes his or her way around the property:
- Sloping toward the home, which can lead to water damage
- Foundation issues, such as a crack that is visible from the exterior or interior
- Deteriorating roofing materials
- Electrical wiring, such as if the home has faulty connections that are a fire hazard
- Issues with the plumbing system
In a perfect world, your inspection report would come back clean. If this happens, you don’t have anything to worry about (as long as you trust that the inspector did his or her job).
Unfortunately, this very rarely happens. That’s why it’s so important that you hire an inspector who is able to pinpoint each and every problem, while also offering more information on potential solutions.
If you come to find that the seller hid something from you, such as by keeping information off the disclosure, you may want to learn more about your legal rights as a buyer.
Source: HGTV, “Common Problems Found During Home Inspections,” accessed March 08, 2018