The All-Important Home Inspection

For San Diego home buyers, finding the right home can be an exciting time.  So exciting that sometimes home buyers forget some essential steps.  One of the most important steps in the whole home buying process is the home inspection. This is especially important in the case of purchasing an older home. A great majority of homes in Southern California were built in the 1950’s. Many still have original plumbing and electrical systems that likely have issues. Of course, your home inspector can guide you to separate the minor issues from the costly, major ones.

Before the sale is closed and the deed transferred, it’s highly recommended to have a professional inspection done anytime you purchase a home. A full report can be completed in about two hours and will leave you with peace of mind and an awareness of potential issues in your future home. You may even choose to have a professional licensed in asbestos, lead, chemicals, pool/spa, roof, mold, mildew, or pests inspect the home, too, to notify you of any unknown dangers.

Home inspections typically cover the following:

  • Walls
  • Ceilings
  • Floors
  • Roof
  • Windows
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Water supply and pressure
  • Gas lines

Landscaping, walkways and driveways will also be evaluated.  An inspector will note grading and drainage.  Any exposed general framing in beams, attics, roofing, HVAC and plumbing systems will be inspected, as well. Generally speaking the age and condition of roofing materials, plumbing and rain gutters will be noted, too, giving you an idea of your home’s maintenance history. Water heaters, fireplaces and the sprinkler systems, if applicable, should also be evaluated, as should appliances, alarms, and smoke detectors being left in the home to ensure a safe move-in.

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