It surprises many homeowners or buyers when they first learn about all of the things that a pre-purchase inspection doesn’t cover. This is important because it can greatly impact the financial situation from either side.
Imagine buying a home that you didn’t realize needed a complete chimney repair. How about if you are getting ready to sell your home only to find out it has mold right before closing? With these things in mind, here are 5 more things that standard home inspections don’t include:
Plumbing & Septic
Damages pipes and clogged sewer systems can be major expenses when the problem is serious. Failing to catch it before selling or buying your home can be costly.
Not only is this something that can be expensive to repair, an improperly functioning heating or cooling system can make the move-in process miserable.
Who wants to move into a new home only to discover it is infested with some kind of animal or bug? Bats can be nearly silent and go undiscovered until the smell of their waste becomes noticeable. Without paying for an upgraded inspection or hiring a pest control expert you could find yourself in a similar situation.
Most inspection guidelines only require the inspector to view high-up objects from the ground level with binoculars. For this reason it is highly unlikely that any minor or possibly even major roof issue would be detected.
Any Non-Visible Items
The inspector will only see what is out in plain sight. Things like electrical wire, insulation, as well as anything on the interior of the structure will never be looked at. That means that anything going on in any of these areas will go unnoticed unless you have specialized inspections.
We Can Help!
To make sure that the home you are buying or selling is in the shape it needs to be in, give us a call here at Bell & Shah. We’ll oversee your entire real estate transaction to guarantee that all of your best interests are met. We can handle everything from appraisals and contracts to negotiating rate and term. We can provide as little or as much assistance as you need.