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The Home Inspection Process

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The Home Inspection Process

Nowadays it’s standard practice for a home inspection to precede purchasing a house. Think about it: wouldn’t you want to know as much as possible before making one of the biggest decisions of your life? The same way you ask for a vehicle history report before buying a used car, you ask for an inspection to know what it is you’re getting yourself into and to be aware of any red flags (or existing problems) that may need to be dealt with down the line.

An Inspection is Not Always Included

What you may not know about the inspection process is that it tends to vary, not only by state or region but based on the credentials of the inspector. Be aware that the home won’t always be checked for the following:

* asbestos,
* radon,
* methane,
* radiation,
* formaldehyde,
* lead,
* wood-destroying organisms (like termites),
* mold, mildew and fungi, or
* rodents.

Many of the items on this list require specific licenses to identify and flag.

What to Expect

By and large, home inspections WILL pay close attention to the following:

* structural elements (ceilings, walls floors, foundation, etc.),
* the home’s exterior (grading, wall coverings, landscaping, etc.),
* the roof and attic,
* plumbing,
* systems and components (AC, heat, ducts, etc.),
* the electrical,
* the garage, and
* all appliances.

While the inspection won’t always provide you with the exact condition of each of these features, it will let you know which are defective and could potentially be hazardous to your health.

How to Find an Inspector

The best way to find a local inspector is to ask your friends, neighbors, and coworkers. Hearing firsthand that an inspector crawled under your friend’s house, explained the fusebox, and pointed out the water lines may help you make your hiring decision. You can also use local social media sites that rate service providers to find any complaints or rave reviews.

If you are looking for an inspector in a different area and are purchasing with a buyer’s agent, he or she may have some recommendations. You can also use the search tool from ASHI, (American Society of Home Inspectors) to find an inspector. The ASHI has a code of ethics its member inspectors must agree to abide by.

Depending on your prospective new area, you may also have a state resource to help you find an inspector. Many states have licensing or certification guidelines that inspectors must follow.

Brad Chandler is with Express Realty Servicesof Reston, Virginia. If you want to buy a house fast, call 1-888-306-9450 or Contact Us Now and get started today!

(c) 2009 – Brad Chandler.

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