Time for Inspections
Once you have a contract, you need to get inspections done in a
timely matter. It's recommended to have a termite, property and
roof inspection at a minimum. Condition, location, type, personal
knowledge and other factors should dictate to you what other inspections
to order. Inspections can save you money and prevent you from making
a poor investment.
Your real estate agent can help arrange the different inspections
Types of Inspections
Termite, roof, property, pool, spa, chimney, geological, wells,
septic, radon, lead, asbestos, structural engineering are a number
that could be recommended.
Termite Vs. Property Inspections
These distinct inspections require different skills. The industries
are quite dissimilar. For example, termite inspectors estimate the
cost to cure Section I and II type work and usually solicit contracts
for the corrective work. Property inspection firms don't perform
corrective work. The purposes of termite reports and property inspection
reports are not compatible and should not be combined.
Most lenders require a termite clearance and most buyers want to
know the house they purchase is going to be free from infestation.
A termite report covers two areas of concern called "sections".
Section I is concerned with actual termite or beetle infestation
and dry-rot, caused by moisture. Examples: Termites in joists and
studs. Dry rot (spongy floor) around the base of a toilet. Section
II concerns itself with preventive measures that could lead to Section
I type condition.
Examples: Dirt or wood in contact with wooden structures of the
house, allowing termites access. A slow plumbing leak that could
lead to dry-rot.
Along with termite inspections, property inspections are commonly
ordered. Property inspections differ from termite inspections in
that they concern themselves with the mechanical and structural
health of a property. The inspection includes a review of all major
components from the foundation to the roof, including electrical,
plumbing and heating systems. Even if the house looks in good condition,
the purpose of a property inspection report is to evaluate the hidden
components most home buyers cannot properly judge. Property inspectors
typically are trained or have years of experience in the construction
related industries. They know what looks right or wrong - what looks
code complying - what looks dangerous. Having a property inspection
is like taking a car to a mechanic to check before you buy. A house
investment is much larger making the inspection more prudent.
Value of Being at Inspections
This is your opportunity to "check under the hood" of
your new home. Schedule inspections for the same day to utilize
your time off. Now is the best time to find where and how to turn
off the "mains" to any gas, water and electrical supply
to the house in case of an emergency. The inspector can answer questions
on the items that are addressed in the report so you will better
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