When Should You Get Your Home Inspected?

Sean Deminski, Realtor®
Sean Deminski, Realtor®
Published on September 13, 2018

A home is one of the most expensive items that you will buy in your lifetime. Therefore, it is important that you know about any problems with the property as soon as possible. There are a few occasions that call for you to have home inspections such as before you buy one or before you sell one.

The Importance of an Inspection Prior to a Purchase

An inspection should take place before you buy a home because it provides an opportunity to learn everything about it. An inspector can tell you if there are signs of pest damage, water damage or other signs that the house has been poorly maintained. Furthermore, you can learn if there are problems with the roof, the foundation, and other important components. These are all handy components to consider when searching for a home to buy.

The Importance of an Inspection Prior to a Sale

Inspecting your home prior to selling it lets you know if there are any major issues that will need to be addressed. For instance, if there is dry rot in the garage, that is something that will need to be fixed before the sale takes place. If there is a termite infestation, that is something that will need to be eradicated before putting the home on the market. Preparing yourself ahead of time makes it easier to sell the house in a timely manner and for the best price.

Have Major Components Inspected Annually

It is a good idea to have your various important home components inspected annually. For instance, have your roof inspected annually to ensure that it won’t leak or collapse without warning. Your heating and cooling systems should also be checked annually to make sure that nothing is broken or not working as it should. Finally, it can be worth the money to have a garage door looked at once or twice a year.

The Discovery of an Infestation

If you find evidence that your home is being invested with pests, especially termites then an inspection is warranted to see how far the infestation has gone and to determine where it started. Termites are not good for the integrity of your home and if you can’t find a way to get rid of them or the other pests that have invaded then you’ll need to enlist the aid of a professional to help you.

Is Someone Trying to Scam You?

If you believe that a contractor, inspector, or product manufacturer is trying to pull a bait-and-switch or otherwise attempting to scam you, then you should have that product inspected. This can determine if it was installed correctly or if it is strong enough to protect against the elements. In most cases, you can take legal action against the offending party if there is proof of a scam.

A home in West Chester or Downingtown should be a place where you and your family can live in comfort. Regular inspections can find signs of damage before they become expensive and time consuming to repair. In some cases, allowing a problem to linger could render a home not suitable to live in.

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