January 21st, 2022 12:33 PM by Holly Ecimovic
Here are a few things to know when it comes to inspections when buying a home.
In a recent survey by Consumer Reports, 26% of buyers reported that they bought a home "as-is." However, many people advise against this, because "surprise" fixes can be very expensive. For example, a roof repair or even a well repair, can cost thousands of dollars.
When looking for a home inspection professional, experts with Consumer Reports say you should look for one through organizations such as the American Society of Home Inspectors or the National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers.
It is recommended that the inspector also check for mold, possible water contaminates, and radon, which is a colorless and odorless gas that is known to cause lung cancer.
Here are 5 important things that should be looked at during a home inspection:
- The condition of the foundation
- The age and condition of electrical wiring, and circuit breakers and boxes
- The age and condition of the roof
- The age and condition of the water heater, and heating and cooling systems
- The condition of plumbing, septic tanks and wells
Here are 5 things that are less critical to look at, but still important:
- The condition of exterior and interior paint
- The condition of exterior fencing, outbuildings, and landscaping
- Age of lighting, bath, and kitchen fixtures
- Age of appliances
- Age of bath and kitchen cabinets
Learn more from Consumer Reports, HERE.