Tips for Inspecting a Building on Your Own
People who want to buy a home are strongly advised to inspect the character they are about to buy. While, it is recommended that you hire a specialized to inspect a home you can save some money by doing it yourself. That being said like every other investment purchasing a home is risky but this risk can be reduced considerably if the home is professionally inspected. If you want to inspect the home for yourself it is best to have a checklist which includes everything mentioned below. You can then tick off things you’ve inspected one at a time.
- Take a look at the heating system. You should examine the boiler system in particular for fractures, bad repairs or leaks.
- Examine the septic system. Find out how old this system is and the last time it had to be pumped, check for signs of a leakage or extensive damage.
- Look closely at the wiring in the home. Check to see if the circuit breaker system is functioning. You can check this by going down to the basement and removing the fuses one at a time while checking to see if the electricity in the designated area goes off.
- Examine the floor and the roof. Check for things like borer damage, insect contamination, decaying and dampness. Also, see if the roofing material, guttering and paintwork are in good condition.
- Examine the porches and deck. Here too you will need to check for structural integrity, borer damage, decay, fractures and loose areas. You may also need to check if planning permissions have been received for any extensions additional to the structure.
- Check to see if the excursion way has been properly maintained. Are there fractures, water coming up from the ground etc? If this is the case the driveway will have to be dug up and repaired which is really expensive.
- Check for termite infestation. Take a close look at the condition of the sill.
- Check the overall condition of the kitchen cabinets, bathroom cabinets and the counter top. You will need to look closely to see if there is chipping, stuck doors, lost knobs, space issues, missing drawers etc.
What if your building inspections provide defects?
If you find problems you should either reject the home and move on or add a contingency to the clause which dictates what should be fixed prior to finalizing the deal. You can also offer a much lower price derived from subtracting the approximate figure you may end up spending for repairs from what the owner’s need. However, before you do this make sure to get a few estimates of the repair costs.
If you want to hire a specialized building inspector you should be present when the inspection is taking place. Follow the inspector around and ask questions about the condition of each area that you think is important to you. That being said you may not need to be present if you hire an inspector with a good reputation and experience.