Top 7 Inspections to Get When Buying a Home

Buying a home can be a scary step. You’re trusting that the house is in good condition with no major (or minor) issues to inherit. Having an inspection done on a potential house is a way to ensure soundness and feel confident moving forward. There are many different types of inspections you can get when buying a home. At Team French, we believe these are the top 6 inspections to get when buying a home.

1 – General Home Inspection

A general home inspection is a must when seriously considering a home for purchase. The inspector tests nearly everything for basic functions from electrical and plumbing to if doors and windows close properly which can be an indication of adverse settling issues. They also make sure everything meets or exceeds current safety codes. Additionally, they evaluate the interior, exterior, attic, basement, and crawlspace where applicable and run most appliances.

A general inspection will take several hours and afterward, you will receive a multipage document with the findings, good or bad. Make sure you choose an inspector you can trust who will do a thorough job. At Team French, we can connect you with an inspector we know will be professional and do a great job. The reports our inspectors provide are well detailed, include lots of photos and even videos of the inspector addressing a finding or making a recommendation to remedy. Our inspectors are always available to you for follow-up questions and are super helpful. 

2 – Septic Inspection

If the house you’re considering uses a septic tank for water waste treatment, it’s a must to have an inspection done. Since a septic system is underground, it’s difficult to know its condition and septic replacements can be expensive. A septic inspection will let you know the tank levels, make sure water is flowing from the house properly, check for blockages, and evaluate the leach field. It would be no fun to have the septic system malfunction shortly after move-in. Having an inspection will help prevent that. 

3 – Roof Inspection

A roof inspection is a thorough evaluation of the roof’s condition, efficiency, and life expectancy. The qualified inspector will check the exterior and attic space. They will look for leaks, mold, insulation, condition of the shingles, and more. A roof inspection is especially important when buying a home in places that receive regular snowfall or high temperatures, like in Gold Country! 

4 – Pest Inspection

A pest inspection is also a must when buying a home. A house that looks great on the surface could have hidden pest problems!

A qualified pest inspector looks for signs of pest inhabitation from insects like termites, cockroaches, silverfishes, and earwigs, or rodents like mice and rats. A common finding is dry rot, which is considered a pest since it is a fungus that is eating away at the wood. And even if the pest issue has already been abated, the damage done to the house’s structure may not have. The cost to remove pests and repair damage should be factored into your budget if that is the case. You may even be able to barter for a lower price based on the cost.

5 – Pool or Spa Inspection

If the house you’re looking to buy has a pool or built-in spa, having an inspection done is a good idea. This will allow you to be aware of any issues and let you begin using your pool right away with confidence that it’s safe for your family. 

6 – Heating and Air Condition Inspection

Once you move in, you’ll want and need a well-functioning HVAC system, especially in Gold Country. Even more, replacing one soon after moving in would be both a nuisance and a burden. Instead, have an inspection done. The inspector will check the exterior unit for function and signs of wear and tear. Additionally, they will evaluate the interior duct systems and airflow efficiency. Knowing if there’s an issue can also help save you money in the long run on electrical costs.

7 – Well and Water Inspection

If the home or property you are purchasing is on a well, you will certainly want that inspected. A well inspection should include at least a two-hour water productivity test. That is when the water is run for a period of two hours and usually every 15 minutes the amount of water per gallon is measured with a tool and documented. This will give you an indication as to how soon your water source (the well underground) can refill itself. If you start out with say 12 gallons per minute reading that might be a great measure of productivity but if it diminishes significantly over the next hour or the water source dries up, that can be a potential problem.

We also order a water quality test. This is a water sample the well inspector takes and sends to the lab for evaluation where they test for E Coli and other bacteria that can be harmful for consumption. If your water tests positive for bacteria, don’t despair! There are remedies for this that can include an advanced filtering system using UV light. It can be a costly but necessary purchase and often we can negotiate a credit for it. 

Any Questions About What Inspections to Get When Buying a Home?

At Team French, we recommend having inspections so that you get the most for your money with no unwanted surprises later on. There are a myriad of other inspections we can discuss with you like arborist inspections if you are surrounded by trees and want to make sure they are healthy trees or lateral sewer inspections if you are buying a home in an older neighborhood and on public sewer but perhaps older pipes.

Recommending which inspections to get when buying a home is one of the many ways we can help make the home buying process smooth and stress-free. We will even schedule them all for you!  Let Team French help you with buying your dream home in the Gold Country. Contact us today!

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