October 24, 2016 | Kevin Gidley

Home Inspections: Why do we recommend them?

A home inspection is recommended for every home we help our clients buy. “Why do I need one?” This is a question we hear often. Generally the answer is, to protect you, the Buyer, from hidden issues that may have not been disclosed or known by the seller. Additionally, the Purchase Agreement has a clause in it to include a private inspection as a condition that must be met to fully execute the agreement. They can be waived, however it is not recommended. At Moving the Mitten, we always recommend a private home inspection in order to best serve our clients. We want you to be aware of the condition of your most expensive investment, your new home.
Ok, so what gets “inspected” during a home inspection? We would like to say every square inch, but that’s just not feasible sometimes. What does get inspected includes the following major systems in your home:
  • Electrical system and Electrical Panel
  • Heating and Cooling systems
  • Windows
  • Plumbing system
  • Roof
  • Attic area including an insulation assessment
  • Exterior and the surrounding Grounds
  • The Garage (if applicable)
  • General Interior
    - including kitchen appliances, all rooms, and all bathrooms
A good inspector will operate all windows to ensure they are opening and closing appropriately, test each electrical receptacle for proper grounding, and runs appliances where appropriate to be sure they are operational at time of inspection. Additionally, the water will be run in sinks and tubs to check for adequate pressure and proper drain flow. Where available and accessible, the roof will be inspected for loose or missing shingles, and adequate ventilation. Sometimes due to height and safety this is done from the ground. The basement will be inspected for evidence of water leaks or damage (past and present). The furnace should be checked for operation. The same for the air conditioning system, weather permitting.
Afterward, the Inspector will discuss with you any concerns they may have about your home and where appropriate point out items that are in need of immediate repair and those that could be “on the list” to fix or improve once you take possession of the home.
In addition, a full written report with pictures and descriptions of each photo will be sent to you for your records.
A good home inspector can help a new or even a seasoned buyer feel more at ease in the home buying process. Their job is to find potential issues and point them out to the home buyer. They are not there to scare buyers, just make them aware of the overall condition of their home.
Best of luck in your home search,
Kevin Gidley
Moving The Mitten Realtor



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