The Beginner’s Guide to Home Inspections
Uncovering the hidden flaws that can make or break a home
There’s more to owning a home than landscaping and interior design. When preparing to buy or sell, most people are concerned with appearances and the small details, but the technical items are even more important. The quality of septic systems, electrical connections, wooden structures and the foundation can easily be overlooked because some of these parts are hidden. That’s why a certified home inspector is an invaluable ally when making the most important purchase of your life.
If you were buying a used car, you would have a mechanic assess the vehicle first. The same diligence should be given to every real estate purchase. Building systems, such as the plumbing, wiring and HVAC system, are the main focus of home inspections, but there are other things to consider as well. If you’re applying for a mortgage, many lenders require prospective buyers to complete a termite inspection before they will agree to finance the home. Damage from wood- boring pests is often concealed. The same is true for foundation damage and cracks.
For the average home buyer, assessing the quality of building systems and the entire structure is a difficult process. Foundation damage and water issues are hard to spot. Unstable foundations can create problems inside or outside of a building. Cracked drywall, tight doors, bulging walls and discoloration are all indicative of foundation problems. That’s why it’s advisable to hire a certified professional who can evaluate all of these areas and provide a complete report. These findings can help guide your purchase and determine your initial offer if you decide to make one.
Even if your home inspector finds an issue, it doesn’t mean that it can’t be corrected. Ram Jack of Indiana can provide an estimate detailing the cost of foundation repairs or waterproofing services. Then, you can work with your real estate agent to factor the cost of repairs into your offer. Investing in a home inspection is the perfect way to make sure that your dream home doesn’t turn into a nightmare.
If you’re preparing to sell or are ready to buy, have Ram Jack of Indiana complete a professional foundation inspection. Our team serves residents of Carmel, IN, and the entire state. We’ll uncover potential problems and tell you the best way to repair the area. Give us a call or schedule a visit through our website to get started.