You’ve seen the shiny buffed floors and sparkling granite countertops, and maybe you’ve even flushed all the toilets, but what about what you can’t see? You’ll want to make sure the heating or A/C unit isn’t about to die, the foundation isn’t silently cracking, and the roof isn’t about to spring a huge leak. Buying a home is one of the most important purchases you will make in your lifetime, so you should be sure that the home you want to buy is in good condition.
What Is A Home Inspection?
A home inspection is an evaluation of a home’s condition by a trained expert. During a home inspection, a qualified inspector takes an in-depth and impartial look at the property you plan to buy. The inspector will evaluate the physical condition: structural elements, construction, foundation, drainage, basement, exterior, garage, roof & attic, plumbing, systems and components, electrical and mechanical, systems, heating and cooling systems, walls, ceilings, flooring, along with many other things. The report should identify items that should be repaired or replaced, and estimate the remaining useful life of the major systems (such as electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning), equipment, structure and finishes.
Home Inspections Are Not Appraisals
A property appraisal is a document that provides an estimate of a property’s market value. Lenders require appraisals on properties prior to loan approval to ensure that the mortgage loan amount is not more than the value of the property. Appraisals are for lenders; home inspections are for buyers.
Is Your Inspector Certified?
Home inspections can vary dramatically from inspector to inspector, because the State of Utah has no laws requiring licensure, certification, or registration of home inspectors. When hiring an inspector, make sure they are a seasoned professional. A certified home inspector is a member of a reputable organization, like NACHI, ASHI, & NAHI which are certification associations that ensure the inspector meet strict guidelines and standards of practice for the home inspection industry and be up-to-date on the latest information and industry practices.