Are Home Inspections Important?
If you have been shopping for a new home, you know that it is the home’s charm and beauty that pulls you in to the “I want to make an offer” state of mind. You love the homes marble countertops, hardwood flooring, and gleaming new appliances in the kitchen and let’s not forget to mention the walk-in shower highlighting the rain shower head in the master bathroom.
Before you totally emerge yourself in all the homes finer upgrades and decor, there’s more to a house than what first meets the eye. Underneath all the glam and beauty of the home lies the heartbeat of the home in the not so exciting plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling systems, not to mention the dark and mysterious crawl space. While we all want our house to look beautiful and have the “wow” factor, we all need our home to be mechanically and structurally sound. No one wants to be stuck living in a “fixer upper” when you thought you were buying something move-in ready.
But how are you supposed to know if a house has foundation problems? Or faulty wiring? Defective plumbing? Or other hidden problems you haven’t even considered? As potential homeowners, how do we get the Glamour home without buying the Money pit?
The answer lies within a Good Home Inspector.
As a real estate professional, I have the opportunity to work with clients throughout the entire sales process of home buying and I know how important a good home inspection is to a home buyer to discover any issues or fixes that a home is in need of prior to purchase.
One of the inspectors that I work with and refer to my clients is Tim Jenkins, Certified Master Home Inspector and owner of Accurate Home & Building Inspections. Tim is a native Carolinian and conducts inspections in Charlotte and surrounding areas. He and his wife Judy started Accurate Home & Building Inspection Services, LLC, in 2003. In addition to performing home inspections in the Carolinas, he has also worked as a sub contractor for FEMA helping hurricane victims in Florida. Tim has a bachelors degree in accounting, which allowed him to service a variety of small businesses and individuals giving him a well rounded background and people skills. His interest in the Building Industry started over 15 years ago while operating a major electrical contracting company in South Florida. His rare combination of extensive training, hands-on experience and ability to effectively communicate with all parties involved makes Tim uniquely qualified to meet your home inspection needs. Tim has answered a few basic questions to help you better determine the mystery of the Home Inspection Process.
*What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of
a home, often in connection with the sale of that home.
*Who needs a home inspection?
Buyers and Sellers can benefit from a home inspection.
*If the house appears to be in “good condition”, do I really need a home
Yes – The Sellers worked hard to make the home look as desirable as
possible, but looks don’t tell the whole story. That’s where your home
inspection comes in.
*Should I have a brand new home inspected?
Yes – Don’t assume your builder or the contractors did everything right just
because the home passed code. A Home Inspection is your last line of
defense against any major defects.
*What type of inspections do you recommend (radon/termite, etc …)?
Home Inspection (includes structural and mechanical)
Radon – the only way to know if the property has radon is to test for it
Termite – if the property is over 1 year old and does not already have a
Water Test – if the property has a private well a water test should be taken.
*How long does an inspection take?
An inspections can last between 2 – 5 hours depending upon the size and age
of the property.
*As a seller of a home is there anything that I can do to prepare for a
Yes – make the home ready and accessible for inspection. Make sure the
electrical panel is accessible and make sure any locked doors or attic access
is open or the key is available at the time of the inspection.
Keep in mind that home inspectors can offer you only an opinion, and sometimes their opinion suggests you seek a professional opinion to further determine any issues.