A few tips and things to know before your inspections….
Attend the home inspection
Because Buyers get a report from the inspector after the job is done, many people don’t realize that they can be there while the inspection is taking place. This is ideal so that the inspector can show you what they find and if they think it will become a big issue that will need addressing.
Avoid scheduling the inspection in bad weather
Snow, heavy rains, or debris may make some areas harder or impossible to check.
Don’t be scared to ask your inspector detailed questions and get clarification if you need to.
In the cases of certain properties, like foreclosures and government owned homes, the utilities will need to be turned on by the potential buyer for an inspection in order to check things like leaky pipes or electrical issues.
Test for mold and water contaminants
If your new home uses a drinking well for it’s water supply, test your water for contaminants. It’s also a good idea to test for mold, especially older homes or houses with basements. Mold remediation can be expensive, not to mention the potential cost to your health!
New Construction needs inspections too
Newly built homes should still be inspected by an outside, third-party inspector.