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Inspection A Must

(Reprint From Herald Sun Papers)
Home Inspection: A Must!

"Don't Buy It Until I Inspect It" is the motto of one local home inspector, Brent Willett, owner of Home Inspections by Brent Willett, whose company provides a professional real estate inspection service to the triangle area. Buying a house is for most individuals the single largest investment of their lifetime. The home buyer needs to approach this endeavor with the proper knowledge to make a well-informed decision. The average cost of a home inspection in the United States is $290. This small investment up front before purchasing a home has proven to be a wise decision for many satisfied home buyers.

A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the condition of a home. The main purpose is to determine whether there are any major defects or system inadequacies before the sale goes through. Mr. Willett says, "There are literally hundreds of individual components that are observed during a professional home inspection, but in general, they fall under the areas of Grounds, Exterior, Foundation, Roof, Plumbing, Heating, Electrical, Air Conditioning, Interior, Garage, Kitchen, and Bathrooms". A thorough examination of these components will reduce the possibility of unpleasant surprises or insurmountable financial burdens after the sale is complete.

Mr. Willett says that his inspections also highlight the positive aspects of a home. He adds, "In fact, many of my observations or recommendations help to dispel home buyer's anxieties, and provide useful repair and maintenance suggestions". He chuckles when he tell a story about one home owner (the seller) who lived in his house for six years, only to find during an inspection for a potential buyer that he had tilt-out windows. The owner's son had been cleaning the windows of this two-story house from the outside using a ladder.

"Dress to do some exploring", suggests Mr. Willett. He encourages and welcomes the buyer to explore every aspect of the house with him, answering any questions along the way. Mr. Willett makes this experience an educational one for the buyer. He says, "As a result, they are educated about many factors of their future home: location/size and how to change air filters, how to operate foundation vents, location and function of GFI breakers, locations of gas, water, and electrical shut-off, and yes how to operate tilt-out windows".

The pre-purchase home inspection generally takes place after the buyer has signed a purchase contract. Most purchase contracts have a "right to inspection" clause. If not, it is wise to ask your agent to include this in the contract. A home inspection is not a guarantee or warranty for the home. Also, it should not be confused with a municipal code inspection that is done by the local building inspector.

After the inspection is complete, the buyer is provided with a written report which addresses the systems and components that were inspected. Commentary usually centers around system type and general condition. In addition, any observed safety hazard will be reported. Consultation is not only provided during the inspection but also after the report is digested by the buyer. This is usually done by telephone. It is important for the buyer to sit down and thoroughly read the report in its entirety, making notes on any questions that might arise. Your inspector wants you to fully understand every aspect of his report so take advantage of this consultation time.

"Buying a house is a major ordeal", says Mr. Willett. "Provide yourself with peace-of-mind. Call a professional real estate inspector"!


 

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