After your offer has been accepted, the next step is to have a home inspection done. This part of the process is very important. Below you will find reasons why a home inspection is important. Many potential buyers only look at the surface of the property, while the  home inspectors look beneath the surfaces.

Plumbing
Many issues can arise from the plumbing in a house. From leaking pipes to poor water pressure, these are some of the issues that can occur in any home. Having the inspector check all plumbing underneath the sinks and around the toilets for any broken seals or rusted pipes. Also, the inspector will check the hot water heater and all the plumbing connections in the basement/crawl space.

Incorrect Electrical Wiring
When the inspector is walking throughout the home, he will check every outlet. Checking the outlet will let the inspector know if the outlet is properly installed or if you have reverse wiring. Reverse wiring is when the “Hot” and “Neutral” wires are placed improperly. They will also check the breaker/fuse box. Double tapping is a very common find. This is when two circuits/feeds are attached to a single breaker. Both of these items are easy fixes.

Exterior Maintenance
This part has the inspector go on the roof to look at your fascia and roof. The most common issues regarding the fascia include: missing pieces, rotting pieces or boards that have little or no ventilation. Proper or improper ventilation will greatly effect the lifespan of your roof. Your roof shingles are very imperative as well. Checking to see if any of them need to be replaced or even having the whole roof replaced, is very vital.

Mechanical Systems
The inspector during his inspection should remove the outside cover of the furnace or boiler system. Any heating system should be serviced annually to ensure that all components are functioning properly. A regular compliment on the inspection, is that the previous owners have NOT maintained their systems and that the system needs to be cleaned/serviced.

Fan Ventilation
Any exhaust fan in the home should be properly vented to the outside. To ensure that the vents are properly vented, the inspector needs access the crawl or attic space. A common mistake is installing the bathroom vents improperly. Having the moisture stay in the attic or crawl space will allow for mold to form and spread throughout the home.

Windows
All windows should be checked during the inspection. Make sure all windows open and close properly. In the older homes you will find windows with broken sash cords or even windows painted shut. The windows need to be in working order for emergencys. What if a fire broke out on the 2nd floor, how would you get out if the window was not properly working?

Fireplace/Chimney
These should be professionally inspected but a home inspector can inspect them as well. Things to look for: missing mortar, missing chimney caps or cracked flue.

When or if the home inspector find issues in the inspection, it is then the attorney’s responsible to ligate these issues with the seller’s attorney. This is why it is important to hire an attorney. Stated in the Residential Real Estate Contract 6.0, the buyer has 5 days to cancel the contract due to the home inspection report. The attorney will request that the issues be fixed or ask for a credit at closing to repair the problems.

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