The joy and excitement of finding just the right house or condo–One that fits all your needs, and has the perfect view. The thrill of hearing that it’s within your budget. Is it too good to be true?
Before signing the contract and making that property officially yours, make sure to have it thoroughly inspected. Sometimes it really is perfect, but occasionally heavy financial burdens lay hidden below the surface. Sometimes, they are issues that even a novice home inspector can overlook.
Before approaching a home inspector, be sure to check their ratings on sites like Angie’s list, and even Google Business Review. The home inspector, in most cases, does will do his or her best. However, a few things may be left out of the report. Other things are left out because it’s not possible for the inspector to discern or because they are not visible to the naked eyes. When buying a house, it’s often worth paying the upcharge to check everything.
Here’s a list of few things a home inspector sometimes overlooks:
Blocked electrical sockets:
If there is an electrical socket hidden from view by furniture or an outlet built in an intricate part of the house, then the inspector might not check whether or not it’s working. Before the inspection, go through the home and note any outlets that may be tucked away. Check in the kitchen cabinets and the closets.
San Diego building restrictions limit the height of the house. Sometimes inspectors skip these measurements. If your new home is three stories tall, ask your him or her to check the height before you buy. You do not want to buy a house that requires significant renovations to meet the regulation.
If the house or condo has a fireplace, then the inspector is going to open its door and check for bird’s nest or anything that should not be there. The inspection requires a flashlight. However, the inspector will not usually turn the fireplace on to check that it functions safely. Generally, it is worth paying the upcharge for this service. Unkempt fireplaces are dangerous.
Leaks in the roof:
After buying the new house, the rainy arrives, and suddenly water starts leaking from the ceiling. The inspector does not always give a complete look at the roof while carrying out his inspection. Mostly, it is not possible to make sure whether there’s a crack in the roof until it’s already raining. For this one, just be aware. For best results, ask your realtor when and if the previous owners replaced the roof.
To check the integrity of the land below the house, hire a geo-structural engineer. He’s the one who will make sure that house is not going to suffer from the unstable area below it. The house inspector doesn’t play any role here.
The inspector will turn on the pumps and the heater of the pool. However, he will not be getting into the pool for inspecting these small cracks. The minor cracks or damages in the pool are impossible to see in such a short time Ask the realtor or previous owners about the history and maintenance of the pool.
Damaged sliding & windows:
The things often missed by the inspector are the damaged runway of the windows & sliding. They are not counted in the final inspection report. Ask your inspector to pay close attention to the siding and windows.
When deciding on your property, you want to make sure you know what you are getting yourself into. Sometimes even the best inspectors can miss something. That’s why we recommend you pre-inspect your house for anything you may have concerns about. Then, simply ask the inspector to take a double look. Know what the inspector will check and what you need to hire a specialist to take care of. If something costs a little extra, its almost always worth it for pay the upcharge.
Houses are a big investment. That’s why we want you to make the best choice possible for you and your family. Do you have a property in your mind? Are you still looking for the perfect property in the ideal location? Call Claudette Cooper at (619) 825-1974 today.