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Your Expert Guide to Inspecting a Home Before Buying It

Your Expert Guide to Inspecting a Home Before Buying It

Looking for a house is serious business, and it requires a discerning eye and a keen attention to detail. Moreover, more often than not, people simply don't know what to look for in a house, what to check, and what red flags to be aware of.

So today, we're going to go over a quick expert checklist of things you should look for with every house you view, because these factors will help you decide which houses to walk out of, and which ones to pursue.

Flip Switches to Turn Up Issues

Air ConditionerIf you were to view a house on a mild spring day in the early afternoon, there are many things you could miss unless you actively went looking.

For example, thanks to the sunny midday visit, you'd never know all the lights in the house were malfunctioning because there'd be no need to turn them on.

Similarly, thanks to the mild weather, there'd be no need for the furnace or air conditioner, so you might miss that they're broken down.

This is why it's so important to actively test these things, along with the fans and vents in the house, because unless you go looking, these problems may not reveal themselves.

Electrical and HVAC tip: While a home inspector will test all of these as well, doing your own inspection may turn up problems that will make you question the suitability of a home, allowing you to save the money on that inspection.

Pay for a Home Inspection Now to Save Later

Home Inspection

Unless you're a home builder or home inspector yourself, no amount of DIY research will let you see the big picture the way a professional home inspection will.

A home inspector will go over every inch of the house, both inside and out, to objectively examine and identify major problems, minor issues, safety concerns, and repairs that need attention. The inspector can tell you about:

1. Structural or foundational problems.

2. The age and condition of the roof.

3. The grade of the house and whether it's prone to water issues.

4. Whether there's mold in the house.

5. The appliances, HVAC system, and wiring.

6. Fire safety.

7. The state of the plumbing system.

Check Insulation Levels

Home InsulationLiving here in Wichita, KS, you know the meaning of winter, so you can imagine what a bad idea it would be to leave the house in the middle of January wearing nothing but a summer-weight jacket.

Well, a house with too little insulation is just as bad an idea, so it's important that you check this in any prospective house you look at.

Not only will a poorly insulated house be cold in winter, but it will also be hot in summer, and your furnace and air conditioner (and wallet) will have to work overtime just to keep up.

Insulation will keep you warm in winter, cool in summer, and reduce your energy bills by preventing heat and cold loss. Checking the lights, fans, vents, HVAC system, and insulation levels are extremely important when looking at houses. More vital, however, is the home inspection that should come before any home purchase.

The inspector will see things nobody else can, will identify problems and potential future issues, and will be able to tell you whether or not the house is going to need major work to make it safe or liveable. With this expert checklist, you can rest assured that any house you buy will have the potential of being your dream home.


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