Buying a home is a huge investment, and it is likely to be the most expensive thing you ever buy. You can’t afford to make mistakes when you close on a home because this can cost you thousands of dollars. You don’t want to find out that the house you bought needs substantial foundation work or has extensive termite damage. This is why it is crucial to have both a home inspection and a pest inspection before you close on a home.
The Importance Of Property And Pest Inspections When Buying A Home
Home inspections are worth their weight in gold. The inspector will examine the condition of the home you are interested in buying inside and out and deliver a detailed report that goes over the condition of all the systems of the home. The inspector will check for structural problems with the home and even check the condition of the chimney.
You will know how much life is left in the roof, when the house will need to be repainted and whether or not the home needs insulation. The inspector will go over each system in the home. You will get a detailed report of the condition of your plumbing and your electrical system. You will know if the plumbing needs to be upgraded and if you have any leaks. You will also find out if the electrical system is safe and if you have enough power for the house.
There is no way to know exactly what you are getting unless you have the home inspected. Home repairs are expensive and if something major needs to be done, you could have financial issues. The inspector will even check the condition of the furnace and tell you how much life it has left in it.
It takes hours to do a quality home inspection and the report you receive is going to be detailed and let you know about any repairs that you might need to make now or in the near future. You can use this information to adjust the price of the home. The seller can make the repairs or lower the price of the home to reflect the cost of the repairs.
Another inspection that you can’t pass up is the pest inspection. Pest damage is hard to detect and if there is pest damage it is also extremely expensive to repair. If the home you want to buy has termite damage, you could be looking at thousands of dollars in repair bills.
Termites eat away at the wood in your home and they can cause significant structural damage. They eat the foundation and supporting beams and they can eventually cause your home to collapse. It is hard to tell if a home has termites or not unless you have a professional inspection, so don’t skip this step or you could end up with a house that is worth much less than you paid for it and you will be on the hook for the termite damage repairs.
The pest inspector will look for present and past termite infestations and go over the entire house for any potential termite damage. The inspector can also assess if you are at risk for future termite infestations and what you can do to reduce your chances of getting termites. Termite damage is expensive and hard to repair, so you want to avoid it at all costs.
Having a qualified inspector perform a home inspection and a pest inspection will give you peace of mind when you are buying a home. You will know exactly what condition the home is in once the reports are finished.
Luke Taylor is a Gold Coast 15 year veteran when it comes to protecting homes from termite ingress and other potential building structure problems such as concrete cancer.