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What Is A Home Inspection?
Before you call for a home inspection
There are many ups and downs in buying and selling a house. A Knoxville home inspection is a way to get the opinions of an impartial professional outside of the transaction. These are some common questions that you might have about home inspections so you can be prepared.
Is it necessary to have a home inspection?
Home inspections are recommended for any home purchase or sale. However, they are not usually required unless the contract contains an inspection clause. Some mortgage terms may require that you have an inspection. A home inspection is not the same as a home appraisal.
Any problems that may arise after the sale of a property are usually your responsibility if you, the buyer, opt out of an inspection.
Why is it important to schedule a home inspection
A Knoxville home inspector is a professional who inspects the home’s structure and other components and finds any potential or immediate problems. A home inspector will provide you with a written report that includes a description of the problem areas as well as recommendations for further evaluation. To discuss the findings with your agent, you can review the report together. Unless an agreement is made, it is the responsibility of the buyer to find and schedule an inspector. The costs vary, but they are usually between $300 and $500.
There are many requirements for home inspections. These regulations vary from one state to the next. These Standards of Practice describe minimum and uniform standards you can expect from an inspection. These are some of the areas that need to be inspected:
Structural elements include visible foundations, evidence of sagging, bowing, or sagging of the structure, floors, floor framings, walls, ceilings and stairs, drainage systems, and window alignment.
Safety: Operation of carbon monoxide and fire alarms, fire sprinklers, and condition of stairs.
Grounds: Leakage from the septic tanks, proper drainage, and condition of driveways, fences, and sidewalks.
Roof: Conditions of shingles, repairs to flat roofs or patches to them, clear vents, and damage to chimneys.
Exterior surfaces: Make sure there is enough clearance between the ground and the siding material. Also, make sure that exterior paint and siding are in good condition.
Attic: Proper ventilation and adequate insulation are essential.
Interior plumbing: All pipes are in good condition, no leaking or damage, correct hot water temperature, and functioning toilets.
Electrical system: Correct functioning of circuit breakers and outlets, as well as light fixtures and fans, in a code-compliant condition.
Appliances: Both built-in and freestanding appliances that are properly functional (stoves, dishwashers, refrigerators, microwaves, washer, and dryers, etc.
Heating and cooling systems: The furnace, air conditioning (temperature permitted), water heater, chimney, or fireplace.
Basement: Concrete foundation, walls, and floors with no signs of water damage.
Garage: Windows, ceiling, framing, and solid foundation. Roof condition. Working garage door opener. Up-to-code electric system.
Insulation and ventilation: Insulation of unfinished attic, foundations, kitchen, bath, laundry venting system, and presence of ventilation fans.
They don’t look at what they aren’t
While there are many things home inspectors look at, there are some areas that are not usually covered by home inspections. You may wish to schedule an evaluation with a certified specialist if you have concerns or suspicions in any of the following areas. These are some of the items they don’t usually inspect:
- Pest control
- Swimming pools
- Radon gas,
- Selling equipment together with household appliances
- Indoor air quality
- Lead paint
- Toxic mold.
How to find a house inspector
Make sure that you feel comfortable when hiring a home inspector. They are crucial and can help you avoid costly pitfalls during the home-buying process.
Talk to your realty professional. Your real estate professional may be able to recommend a home inspector they know and have used in the past.
Ask your family and friends. You might be able to recommend someone who has just gone through the home-buying process.
You should look for accreditations. Look for inspectors who are members of organizations such as the National Institute of Building Inspectors or the American Society of Home Inspectors. These associations are the most respected, and you can use the “find an inspector” website to find a member in your local area.
Make sure you are well-informed about the process, and that you have a reliable home inspector. Thorough Home Inspections is here to help contact us today for a free estimate on your home inspection!