The keys to your dream home are within reach, but your real estate agent is telling you that it’s time to schedule a home inspection. If the property looks amazing, why bother with this added expense? Bluntly put, a thorough home inspection ensures that a dreaded nightmare is not lurking under the stunning surface of your dream home.

What Does a Home Inspector Do?

A professional home inspector will examine your potential home, inside and out, to ensure that all elements are sturdy, secure and functioning properly. The American Society of Home Inspectors states that a quality home inspection should include these elements:

  • The building’s interior and exterior.
  • Foundation.
  • Crawl space or basement.
  • Roof structure.
  • The condition of the insulation.
  • Ceilings and floors.
  • Doors and door frames.
  • Windows.
  • HVAC components.
  • Plumbing.
  • Electrical components.

My Home Passed Inspection…Is It Perfect?

This is a great question! The answer is, not necessarily. A home inspection probably won’t assess every aspect of your soon-to-be new home. Most home inspections don’t include:

  • Well pumps.
  • Septic tanks.
  • Interior wall spaces.
  • Chimneys.
  • Sheds, detached garages or other structures on the property.

Just because these elements are not included in a typical home inspection, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t important! These aspects of your potential new home should be inspected separately. Depending on the home inspector you select, you may be able to add one or more of these elements to your inspection at an additional charge.

Your Most Important Investment

At Briarwood Realty, we understand that your home might be the most significant purchase you make in your lifetime. Making the right decision is important, and a home inspection is a critical part of that decision. Contact us today to learn more about scheduling a professional home inspection.