Why You Need a Home Inspection When Buying a Home

Why You Need a Home Inspection When Buying a Home

If you’re in the process of buying a home, getting a home inspection is an essential step to take before sealing the deal. While, from what you can see, the home may fit all of your criteria, an inspection can assure you that it has no significant issues. 

Let’s learn more about what a home inspection entails and why you need one as a home buyer. 

What’s Included in a Home Inspection?

A professional home inspection will last a few hours and include a thorough examination of various parts of the exterior and interior of the home. 

In the exterior portion of the inspection, the inspector will evaluate the:

  • Foundation
  • Exterior walls
  • Roof 
  • Grading
  • Garage
  • Porches/ Patios/ Decks

The interior portion of the inspection will cover the:

  • Plumbing 
  • HVAC system, including the water heater
  • Electrical wiring and outlets
  • Fire safety
  • Kitchen appliances
  • Bathroom ventilation, toilet installation, and possible leaks
  • Laundry room ventilation

After the home inspection, the inspector will provide you with a report detailing the results of the inspection. The report will note any problems identified during the inspection, as well as the severity of the problem. Additionally, the report will tell you whether parts of the home need repairs, servicing, or replacement. If parts of the home don’t currently need attention, but could soon become a problem, the report will recommend that you check them regularly. 

Additional inspections could include:

  • Radon Testing
  • Mold Testing
  • Termite Inspections
  • Pool/ Spa Inspection

The Importance of a Home Inspection Before You Buy

Ultimately, a professional home inspection is a smart investment for all home buyers. Buying a home is a major financial decision (likely one of the largest you’ll make in your life), so you should know exactly what you’re purchasing. A home inspection will prevent unexpected issues with your new home and ensure that you’re paying the right price for the property. 

For help throughout the process of purchasing a home in Tampa, contact 360 Realty today. 

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