What is a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home. The main purpose is to give you the information needed to make an informed decision on the purchase. Filgo Home Inspections focus on the major defects that will effect you the buyer. Many of these items can be negotiated and repaired before the purchase of the home.
A Home Inspection is designed to cover all aspects of the property.
- Structure of the home: Foundation, Ceilings, stairs and walls.
- Exterior: Siding, windows, chimneys, doors, driveways, sidewalks, gutters, roofing, flashing and grading
- Interior of the home: cabinetry, counter tops, electrical outlets, doors, windows, floors, visual water damage and steps
- Heating and air conditioning: HVAC systems will be checked for condition, age, and operational at the time of the inspection.
- Electrical: Interior and exterior panels visible wiring, GFCI breakers and outlets tested for grounding and polarity.
- Plumbing: Drains, fixtures, water heaters, gas lines checked for leaks and proper drainage.
- Kitchen: Stoves, Ovens, Microwave, and Dishwashers are checked for working conditions and cabinets and drawers are checked for proper working conditions.
- Basement and Crawl Spaces are inspected for cracks, wood rot, signs of wood destroying insects, settlement, and water intrusion.
- Attic: Access, water intrusion, ventilation, and insulation.
Could I Skip a Home Inspection?
According to Forbes here are a few reasons not to skip the Home Inspection. Protection, Negotiating Tool, Determine "Deal-Breakers" and Revealing the Big Picture. The Bottom line it is your responsibility to understand as many details as you can about the property you may soon call home. Home Inspections reveal the inner workings of the property, allowing you to be informed of all the perks, and pitfalls the home has to offer.