For six years, Sydney Walters wondered why his home was so hot in summer and so cold in winter. And why his family developed allergies and asthma.
There was a reason for that: When Walters purchased the home from its original owners, he hadn’t hired a home inspector. That home inspection could have revealed that the home’s attic had no insulation – resulting in wild temperature fluctuations and mold.
Buying a home is often the biggest investment a family can make. While you may not want to spend extra money, a home inspection can reveal a host of problems needing repair. Without it, your big investment is vulnerable to big trouble.
According to associations of home builders, a typical home inspection will include examination of a home’s heating and central air conditioning systems, plumbing and electrical systems, roof, attic and visible insulation, foundation, and structural components.
It should be done by a certified professional who can spot things an untrained eye may not.
When choosing among home inspectors, be sure to look at their credentials and certifications. They should be members of a professional association of home inspectors.
The cost of a home inspection varies and can be based on such factors as the size and age of the home.
While incurring an additional cost during the home buying process is frustrating, it can save you thousands of dollars by alerting you to areas of concern and give you much needed peace of mind that your big investment won’t cause you big trouble.