Why do you need a home inspection?
For the new home buyer, you'll want to make sure that the house your buying is in suitable condition. If you're going to be living there, you'll want to make sure there are no issues that you are unaware that could make it an unpleasant living situation. And if you are taking out a mortgage, the bank will want to know that their investment is a safe one.
For the home seller, a home inspection might give you the opportunity to fix issues before a real estate agent or prospective buyer sees them. This will also help you get a better perspective on what your house may actually be worth.
And if you are a home owner, getting it inspected could help locate minor issues that left untreated, could result in major issues and major costs down the road.
So what is included in a home inspection?
A good home inspector will go over every inch of the home, making sure that what is there is in sound condition and good working order. And if not, the inspector will make note of what needs to be corrected, and recommend what types of specialists are best for which tasks.
The inspector will do a thorough review of the home:
Structure – foundation and framing – how the home is settling, water issues, air escape issues, wood destroying pests
Exterior – from the house itself to railings, porches and driveways
Roof – makes sure it is in good working order (shingles in tact, no water build up, slope is true)
Plumbing – makes sure system was correctly installed and/or is safe (no leaks or incorrect installations)
Electrical – makes sure it was installed correctly and is safe, from the electric panel to junction boxes and outlets
Heating - makes sure water is moving correctly throughout the home, including ductwork, no water or moisture problems, no physical damage to system
Air Conditioning – makes sure air is moving correctly throughout the home, including ductwork, no water or moisture build up, no physical damage to system
Interior – looking for damage caused by anything from water to insects
Ventilation – of air and moisture throughout the home, including looking at insulation
Fireplaces – the entire structure from chimney to flue to how the heat is leaving the fireplace
And after the home inspection, the inspector should provide you with a detailed report on what they found during their inspection.
Give Spire Inspections A Call
That brings us to who to call. In New York State you need to call a certified home inspector to come inspect your new home. And in the Albany – Saratoga region, not many have more experience in the industry than Spire Inspections. Among his many certifications and connections, Larry McGann sits on the Board of Directors for the Erie Canal Radon Chapter of AARST. If the home you need inspected is in or near any of the below towns, Spire can help.
Albany | Schenectady | Latham | Clifton Park | Malta | Ballston Spa | Saratoga Springs | Glens Falls | Lake George | Gloversville | Johnstown | Amsterdam