Home Inspection Checklist for Buyers!!!

Home Inspection Checklist for Buyers

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Brenda Nyawara

Brenda Nyawara is an editor at Archute. She is a graduate architect with a passion for edge-cutting ideas in design, fashion, art and modern world interests.
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Buying a new home is a dream of almost every individual, but have you ever wondered what it all takes to buy a new home on your own? Buying a home is a long process and one such step towards it is the home inspection. If you have the right start, moving to the house can be made easier with the help of leading local moving companies. However, you must be serious about home inspection. 

A home inspection is usually carried out by professionals possessing a license. It is a series of programs to visualize your new property so that a report can be prepared which can tell about the current condition of the property and what all needs to be done before acquiring such property. If the report suggests major issues in the property, then the buyer can negotiate the price from the seller or can claim for the maintenance charges.

What to look for while inspecting home

Foundation and Structure of home

Look out for these points

  • The roof and ceilings of the home

  • The proper water drainage system of the house 

  • Looking for the cracks in the building

  • Checking out the leakage problem if any

  • The paint of the home is in good condition

  • The plumbing system is under control

  • The whole house looks good in structure

  • Windows and glass frames are not cracked

  • The basement has no leakage problem

Try to pay attention to every small detail including water, and gutter systems so that you don’t get yourself into a big problem later. 

Interior of the Home

The Interior of the home is as important as the exterior of the home. While purchasing the home buyer must prepare for the questions like

  • If the appliances like the washing machine, refrigerator, air conditioner, etc are included in the home purchase.

  • Look out for the electric cables present in the home

  • The water system and drainage system of the home must be accessed

  • Check if the toilet flush out completely or not

  • The breakage of tiles if any

  • If the dishwasher and chimney are operating nicely

  • If the paint of the home needs to be changed

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A garage in the home is used for parking vehicles and for storing purposes. Check out if there is an outer door to enter the garage and if the space is enough for future purposes. The ventilation system in the garage must also be accessed completely. Consider your garage space needs first so as not to regret your decision later. 

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Carpeting of the home can also be considered while purchasing a home as many people prefer a home without carpets because cleaning them often turns out to be hectic. It's completely dependent on the preferences of a person. 

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Other factors include reachability to the grocery store, home office, kids’ day-care, etc. 

Things to be kept in mind 

  • It is advised to carefully research a home before buying any property. 

  • Prepare a list of questions to be answered before making any deal. Don’t be afraid of too many questions.

  • Try to be present at the time of home inspection if you have hired a home inspector for the job as it would give you more satisfaction towards making your decision.

  • Sellers must come up with written statements so that there is no kind of misunderstanding in future dealing.

  • Prepare to negotiate for the right amount. If you do your homework well then higher are the chances that you will get a great deal. 

Cost for Home Inspection

The cost of a home inspection is usually paid by the people who buy the property. A home inspection is a must process as it could help people from buying the wrong property or it could tell buyers about the faults before buying so that they can either get them fixed by the sellers or they can ask for the maintenance charges from the seller. 

Buyers must accompany the home inspector on the day of inspection so that they can see by themselves all the things which must be considered before buying property. If the home inspection report accounts for major drawbacks, then you should avoid buying that property. The process is costly as it involves a professional agent called a home inspector carrying out the inspection thoroughly. Usually, the charges depend on the location, the size of the property, and how old the property is.

Bottom Line!!!

The above-discussed factors for home inspection must be thoroughly reviewed before making a deal with the seller. You can also opt for the right home inspector with experience in buying such properties so as not to get any harm financially. 

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Brenda Nyawara

Brenda Nyawara is an editor at Archute. She is a graduate architect with a passion for edge-cutting ideas in design, fashion, art and modern world interests.

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