Making the decision to buy your own home can be an exciting time. As such, it is not surprising to find some potential homeowners being swept up in the process and thus forgetting to carry out thorough due diligence. On the other hand, you may be thinking that you are already spending a considerable amount of money and would therefore like to cost cut by foregoing to conduct an independent building inspection. The reality of the matter is that carrying out a building inspection is an instrumental aspect of the process as this can save you a considerable amount of inconvenience down the road. Below is an outline of why it would be necessary to carry out a building inspection before investing in a new home.
Enlightens You on Preventative Maintenance
The untrained eye can miss a number of structural problems. This is especially true if they are not glaring enough to be obvious. By investing in a pre-purchase building inspection, you get the chance to learn what areas of your home will require preventative maintenance. This will avoid having the problems exacerbated, which would inevitably lead to costly repairs down the road. Some of the things that your building inspection report may include are:
- Exposed siding that would require to be caulked or painted
- Air-conditioning system's condensate drains that need to be drained and cleaned
- Door and window locks that require lubrication
- Moss building up on roof shingles that would have to be eliminated
Saves You Long-Term Expenses
Another reason to consider a building inspection is to save you the cost of having to embark on repairs and replacement once the house is under your ownership. When some homeowners consider building inspections, they assume they are only carried out on the exterior of the home. The truth of the matter is a through building inspection will be carried out in the hidden areas of your home. One important aspect would be checking the foundation for any structural deformities.
Another area would be to inspect the wiring of the home, which is typically hidden out of sight behind the walls of your home. Lastly, the building inspector will examine the plumbing to ensure that you do not have any potential leaks in the residence or tree roots that could be encroaching onto your sewer lines. All these can save you the trouble of having to either re-stump your home, replace the electrical wiring, or install new piping for your plumbing down the road.