what can i expect from a home inspection?
An inspection is the best indicator for the true condition of a property.
Even new homes should be inspected in case of construction problems.
Inspections protect you when buying a home.
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Home inspections provide peace of mind for all sides of the transaction.
Your Home Inspection will help you understand whether a home’s sale price is a true indicator of its worth, at least from the standpoint of structural soundness. It takes much of the guesswork out of the purchase, protecting both buyer and seller. While most Home Inspections fail to turn up any major property defects, there are a few things any new real estate purchaser should watch out for.
According to the California Real Estate Inspection Association, some of the most common major defects discovered during home inspections are:
- Roofing defects due to aging, wear, or improper installation.
- Ceiling stains indicating past or present roof leaks.
- Evidence of flooding in basements and/or crawlspaces.
- Electrical hazards.
- Rotted wood on the exterior or around plumbing.
- Building code violations.
- Fireplace and chimney hazards.
- Improper gas heating system/gas water heater installation.
Very few home inspections result in a completely positive report. Over time, wear and tear often create the need for some kind of repair. If any element of a home fails inspection, it doesn’t mean that the home itself is “bad”, but that some aspect of it needs correction.
Typically, sellers will agree to make major repairs prior to sale. Just as often, seller will buy a home with full knowledge of minor flaws, and make the repairs later, either as needed, or as part of a more expansive renovation.
To learn more, explore the advice in this section of our site! You can also talk with a local Crestico Agent to get professional and experienced advice about working with and finding good Home Inspectors!