Mark Slade - FirstTimeBuyer

During this process specialists will examine the house to determine its condition and the viability of all of its systems. Do not confuse the house inspection with house appraisal. The inspection will clarify the current state and condition of the house, not what it is worth. After the inspections, you will receive a report containing suggestions for future maintenance or repair steps, or the need for additional expert opinions; for example, a structural engineer, should the inspection disclose faults in the building structure, or an HVAC expert if the furnace is not in working order. INSPECTIONS, INSPECTORS, AND COMMON MISTAKES There are different types of house inspections available. General or residential inspections will observe and give an evaluation of the house elements and systems. The list below is a basic set of suggestions, which may be expanded or shortened to suit your needs. Nevertheless, here is an idea of what should/ will be examined in a comprehensive residential inspection (which costs approximately $300 to $500). + Exterior: water drainage systems, condition of outside elements such as yard, trees, pathways, fences, decks, stairs, and notable cosmetic issues. + Structural elements: construction type and quality, visible foundation and framing condition, structure’s overall upright position. + Roof: installation quality, visible damage, condition of shingles and gutters. + Plumbing system: leaks, water pressure, faucets, showers, material and aging of pipes, hot water system, septic tank (if present). + Electrical system: Check electric boxes for condition and code, fuses, visible wiring, type and condition, safety issues. + Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC): inspect chimneys, vents, house insulation, and ducting. Inspect all furnace and AC systems for age, condition, and proper function.


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