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Home Inspection Tips:
(courtesy of About.Com - Homebuying Tips)

When buying a home, you'll probably perform one or more home inspections to confirm that all of the home's important components are functional.  These home buying resources help you determine which types of inspections you might need for your new home.

Do You Really Need a Home Inspection?
When you are buying a home, don't confuse pest and structural inspections with an optional, full-blown home inspection by a government certified inspector that takes a look at all systems within the house.

Passing Your Home Inspection
Nearly all home buyers will hire a professional home inspector to inspect your home before they go to closing. Is your home ready? Here are several hot-spots that worry buyers the most.

The Final Walk Through
It's important for home buyers to do a formal walk-through prior to closing on a home. Find out when you should do the walk-through, and what you should look for. Important advice for anyone who's buying a home.

Before You Get Started (Courtesy of
Evaluating a property is something both buyer and seller should do. An evaluation (or inspection) allows a buyer to assess the condition of a house before any money is exchanged.

An inspection is also advantageous for the seller to find out what's right and wrong with the house before putting it on the market.

Also, lending institutions may require an inspection before approving a loan.

Even if you're not buying or selling a house, evaluating the house will give you a good sense of what work and improvements are needed to maintain or increase its value.

Remember that the purpose of a home inspection is not just to find items that need repair or replacement.

You're also checking for upcoming maintenance expenses and recording the condition of the property prior to sale.

Use a checklist to make sure that you are looking at all parts of the house. Check off those items that are in good condition, and make notes about those that aren't.

byron inspecting an electrical panel
Byron inspecting an electrical panel

Before you and/or a professional inspector examine a house, make sure to check these items:

  1. Utilities are turned on,
  2. You have access to all parts of the house,
  3. Permission to operate all appliances and heating/cooling systems
  4. Ask if it's all right to videotape the house.

Here are some specific questions to ask:

  • Who performed the work on any recent repairs, improvements or remodeling?
  • Were the appropriate building permits obtained and inspections performed?
  • Have there been any leaks in the roof?
  • How old is the roof?
  • Has there been water in the basement?
  • Has the septic system or sewer line required unusual maintenance?
  • Can you provide copies of heating, electric, and other utility bills?
  • Has an exterminator ever been hired for the property?
  • Has the house been tested for radon?

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