New Homeowners: 5 Inspections You Need to Get For Your New Home

New Homeowners: 5 Inspections You Need to Get For Your New Home
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    If you've found the right home in the right location, you're probably making your biggest investment.

    Like any other investment, you want to make sure that it's safe and secure.

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You’ll have an opportunity for a home inspection, so pay close attention to these five elements of safety and security.

The Roof

Most people don’t really think to have the roof inspected unless there is a leak. You need a home that’s water tight. You’ll be interested in missing or loose shingles that have to be replaced or repaired. You’ll also want to know the age of the roof and how many layers of shingles are on it. If there are two layers, a roofing job will cost more when the time comes. It will need to be stripped rather than just shingled over. Something else to keep in mind is that heat rises in your home. Therefore you want to make sure your roof is suitable for the winter time in that it will help keep the heat from escaping your home. This will help you save on your energy bills in the long run.

The Electrical System

Although you want to be sure that all switches and outlets work, there’s also a health and safety issue. Deteriorated wiring is the primary cause of electrical fires. Electrical panels can be damaged if ground circuit conductors are overheated because of a current greater than wires are rated for. Improperly functioning ground fault circuit interrupters (GFI) are quite common, but they can be easily and inexpensively replaced.

Plumbing

Repairing plumbing issues is extremely important. According to Knights Plumbing & Drain, clogged sewers, particularly sewage lines, can pose very serious health concerns. A small water leak that goes unnoticed over time can cause significant structural damage. You might not notice some plumbing issues because the majority of the home’s plumbing system is inside of its walls. All sinks, tubs, showers, toilets and water heaters should also be inspected.

HVAC System

The home’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC) is the hardest working system in the home. It’s also responsible for most of the home’s energy costs. Take voltage readings on all HVAC wiring. Any signs of excess wear and tear should be noted. All heating unit connections and mechanical components need to be inspected. Deterioration can lead to higher heating costs and dangerous conditions. Always have a carbon monoxide detector operating.

The Foundation

Look to see if the ground next to the house slopes away from the foundation. Check to see where gutters are set at the ground, and then look for signs of water in the basement or crawl space. If a basement smells musty or moldy, that’s a sign that there might be water damage. This is especially important if you are looking at buying an older home. This will also give you an opportunity to see if there is any termite or other pest damages to your home.

Make sure you have a home inspection contingency in your contract to purchase. Any significant problems can usually be negotiated and you should be able to get the price lowered if necessary.

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