Building Inspections: Why It Is a Necessity Prior To Purchasing a Home

19 December 2016
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Making the decision to buy your own home can be exciting. As such, it is not surprising to find some potential homeowners being swept up in the process and thus forgetting to carry out thorough due diligence. On the other hand, you may be thinking that you are already spending a considerable amount of money and would, therefore, like to cost cut by foregoing to conduct an independent building inspection. The reality of the matter is carrying out a building inspection is an instrumental aspect of the process as this can save you a considerable amount of inconvenience down the road. Below is an outline of the why it would be necessary to carry out a building inspection prior to investing in a new home.

The untrained eye can miss a number of structural problems. This is especially true if they are not glaring enough to be obvious. By investing in a pre-purchase building inspection, you get the chance to learn what areas of your home will require future maintenance.

When some homeowners consider building inspections, they assume they are only carried out on the exterior of the home. The truth of the matter is a thorough building inspection will be carried out in the hidden areas of your home. One important aspect would be checking the foundation for any structural deformities.

Another area would be to inspect the wiring of the home, which is typically hidden put of sight behind the walls of your home. Unless you're an electrician yourself, there's no way of knowing something might be wrong with this important part of your home.

The building inspector will also examine the plumbing to ensure that you do not have any potential leaks in the residence or tree roots that could be encroaching onto your sewer lines. All these can save you the trouble of having to either re-stump your home, replace the electrical wiring or install new piping for your plumbing down the road.

All of this means avoiding exacerbated problems down the road which would inevitably lead to costly repairs. Some of the things that your building inspector can point out also include:

  • Exposed siding that needs to be caulked or painted

  • Air conditioning system's condensate drains that need to be drained and cleaned

  • Door and window locks that require lubrication

  • Moss building up on roof shingles that would have to be eliminated

Contact building inspections services to find out more about this important process.