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Things To Inspect When Buying A House

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The whole home will need to be examined to ensure it is all in good working order. The basics, like the roof, foundation, plumbing, electrical system, and everything else that makes a house a home, will all be covered in a home inspection.

You want to know that the place will be functional when you move in so the home inspector will review it all. Most home inspectors will start with the outside of the building and then head inside after thoroughly investigating the exterior.

Once inside, the basement is the most commonplace home inspectors will start their work. The cellar is critical in any house. Basements provide a place for the most prominent potential issues to be discovered.

A radon inspection will check on the levels of radon in the air. If radon is present and is a concern, some things can be done to remediate the home to safe levels. US EPA has set an action level of 4 pCi/L. The EPA suggests taking corrective measures to reduce your exposure to radon gasses at or above this amount.

Removing radon in water can run you about 5000-6000 dollars on average. Two methods of removal are discussed in the referenced article. When inspecting a home, radon should be added to the list of things to check.

Lead paint and asbestos are the most common toxic materials found in older homes, but they are not the only materials in a home you want to purchase. The home inspector will look for any other toxic materials you should be concerned with before buying the home.

About the Author: The above Real Estate information on the house inspection checklist for buyers was provided by Bill Gassett, a Nationally recognized leader in his field. Bill can be reached via email at or by phone at 508-625-0191. Bill has helped people move in and out of many Metrowest towns for the last 37+ Years.

By the time you put in an offer on a house, you may think you know all there is to know about the property. However, a professional home inspection can offer much-needed reassurance to home buyers by allowing them visibility into any potential problems before closing on the home. Keep reading to learn more about home inspections and how you can prepare for them with our home inspection checklist!

Your home inspector is the expert, but there are still things you can do as the buyer to ensure the process goes smoothly. When possible, we recommend home buyers attend their home inspection so they can see the damage firsthand and ask questions. Having these discussions with the inspector in real time leads to more in-depth information about your home than what you will find on the inspection report.

Next on the agenda of the home inspector is often the plumbing and the electrical system. That will include any appliances that are being sold with the house. Increasingly, home inspectors check the energy efficiency of home appliances and will report on them. The more efficient home appliances are, the higher they will rate in the home inspection report.

Is the HVAC system part of the home inspection Very much so is the answer to that question. Not only will the home inspector look at the functionality of the installed HVAC system in the property. He will also ask how old it is and even ask for proof of when it was installed.

When it comes to buying (or selling) a home, the most important step is a thorough home inspection. Home inspectors will help to find the things you may not have noticed during your quick walkthrough of the space. However, home inspections can get rather expensive. You could save a ton of money by quickly walking through a home inspection yourself before having an inspector check out the house.

As you do this self-home inspection, these DIY home inspection tools will help in ensuring that the house is safe and ready to buy or sell. And if you hire a home inspector after your inspection, make sure to walk through the inspection with them. You can learn a ton about the house by simply being there as they discover t

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