How To Prepare For And What To Expect From Your Home Inspection

If you are looking at selling your home or buying one then a home-inspection on both ends is imminent. Your entire home and property will be inspected as well as the yard and custom sheds as well as any structure on the property. This is meant to protect the buyer at all costs from things such as an overpriced home, a seller who is trying to hide things that are structurally wrong with the home and safety. This is an important and inexpensive part of the process yet it is even more stressful than the buying or selling process and here is why. When a home inspector comes to the house, he will make a report of everything that he found wrong or right with the house. This also helps with the appraisal, which is separate but may also be conducted by a home inspector. He will then let the realtor and homeowner know whether it passes or fails.

The person that is buying the home is also privy to this information and can then bargain a bit more with the seller. For example, the shedis rotting and not up to par. The buyer may demand that as part of the deal that they remove it at their expense. Another more common example – if the roof has missing shingles and tiles and shows signs of an old leak, the deal may include a rather expensive new roof or a deep reduction of the price of the house. The buyer now has the upper hand and can get what they want more easily.

So What Does The Home Inspector Actually Do?

He or she will use a flashlight and other equipment to test the structure. They will test the windows and they will look at the basement and the attic. They are essentially looking for anything that may denote a structural failure and future issues. The most common thing that people below sea-level experience is rising damp. It can cause wood-rot and usually fails the inspection. This can cause the homeowner to be rendered unfit to sell and will have to possibly replace the floors in the home and sheds before the sale can be complete. Another really common issue with homes in a hot tropical or sub-tropical climate is actually two-fold and will be a big expensive fail. Those issues are subterranean termites, which are wood-eating bugs that will render a home unsafe and eat it until it literally falls. If the structural damage is already outwardly visible it is too late.

The other issue is mold, which is a health hazard because black mold inhaled that seeps through the walls and into the central air, system and vents pose a deadly health hazard. This needs more than just bleach; depending how bad it is it will have to be flushed out and treated which may mean taking out the drywall in the home and redoing the inside structure of the home; a gutting.

In conclusion, many things happen to change life and maintaining your home and custom sheds as if it will be sold someday is a smart choice.