What is the purpose of a home inspection?

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So what is the purpose of the home inspection?

The home inspection is the opportunity for the buyers to check out the overall condition of the home they just purchased. Home inspection costs run from $300 to $500 depending on the size of the home. This is usually the first inspection the buyers do after their offer is accepted. Keep in mind a buyer has the right to do any and all inspections they want – at their cost.

So what do you want the home inspector to concentrate on?

Let’s begin with the big four–foundation, roof, electrical, and plumbing (the bones of the property):

• Foundation – If it is a raised foundation, are the pillars and posts in good condition? If it’s on slab – is the slab cracked? • Roof – Does it need to be repaired? Does it need to be replaced or is it leaking? • Plumbing – Are there any leaks? If leaks are not detected they could lead to mold or upgrades. Is the water pressure high or low? Is the water draining slowly in the sinks, toilets, showers, and tubs? • Electrical - Is the panel up to code? Is the panel labeled? Are outlets and receptacles grounded? Are GFIs in place?


Other items the home inspector should inspect are:

• The overall grounds – How is the grading? Is the water being forced away from the property? • Driveway and garage condition – How is the concrete holding up? • Retaining walls – Are they in good shape? • Fencing – Does it need to be repaired? • Wood – Is there any wood rot? Typically handled by the termite company. • Patio or patio covers – What is their condition? • Heating and AC – Is it working? Does it need repairing or need to be replaced? • Water heater – Is it working? Does it need repairing or need to be replaced? • Attic – This is a good place to check for roof leaks. • Windows – Are they leaking, do they lock, do they slide properly?

Keep in mind these are just a few items a home inspector should check.

If you have any questions about home inspections or you’re thinking about buying or selling a San Diego home, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I’m always happy to help.

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