Sure, there are more than 5 areas of concern during any home inspection. I’m going to cut right to the chase and give you 5 areas that should be your main focus during the process.
1. Structural Issues. There is nothing more important than the structural integrity of the home you are about to buy. In terms of safety and cost this needs to be your primary area of concern. Having said that, do not be too converned over cracks. All homes will have cracks. Just make sure you cannot swipe a credit card through the crack!
2. Roof. The roof is in place to protect you against the elements. If your new home has a faulty roof this can lead to other problems such as water damage, costly attic repairs, and even structural problems.
3. Plumbing. A latent issue you might not know about until it is too late. Plumbing issues can cause of variety of secondary issues such as water damage, foundation problems, not to mention the damage done just to reach the plumbing in order to fix it! How old are those copper pipes anyway?
4. Electrical. It is paramount that all electrical work is done within code. Your mortgage provider may not lend based on faulty electrical work. The safety issues concerning electrical work should be assessed as well. Like plumbing, electrical work can be costly and cause more damage to your home just to do the repairs.
5. Components and Systems. Air conditioning units, water heaters, duct work and fireplaces all work to provide you with comfort in your home. They can also bring major issues as well. Duct work can contain mold, water heaters can flood your garage and air conditioners can empty your wallet.
Be sure to be present at your home inspection so you can ask the home inspector questions about your concerns. Follow us on Twitter @myrealestatecop