Every buyer in Albany, NY needs to seek out a trusted home inspector in order to have the home inspection completed for the house they're considering purchasing. A home inspection will help give you peace of mind about the property you're buying, and a good home inspector will be able to point out any issues that the home may have before you put your money down. If the home inspection reveals big issues, you'll have the chance to back out of the deal or renegotiate with the seller based on the results found in the report.
Do Your Research
It is the buyer's responsibility to locate a home inspector, which is something you may not have thought about before. You should always make your offer contingent on a successful inspection or have one performed before you place a bid on a property. You should ask your friends and family for recommendations, or even your real estate agent.
Make sure that you hire someone qualified who is going to do a thorough inspection.
What To Expect
There are multiple aspects your inspector should look at both inside and outside of the home. They will always start their inspection with the exterior of the home and then work their way in. They should check every corner of the main living area, the garage, the crawlspace, the attic, and everything in between.
Ask your inspector about what they'll be looking at and make sure that it includes the electrical system, plumbing, heating system, cooling system, and the walls, ceiling, and flooring. The inspector will also be checking windows, doors, the roof, the foundation, and any crawlspaces along the way. Your inspector should finally take a look at the insulation.
Keep in mind that even the most thorough inspection is still only going to give you an idea of the home's overall condition. If there is a particular area you are worried about, it's best to call in a specialist. A general inspector will not always be able to reveal pests, mold, or asbestos. The inspection will not turn up flaws in areas below ground or that are otherwise inaccessible to your home inspectors (such as the septic tank or well).
Should I Tag Along?
No good inspector will have any problem with you wanting to walk through the home with them, and you'll actually save them some time. Otherwise, a good inspector will want to sit down with you and go through the report after the fact. If you go along with them, you will be able to see everything as they find it. This will also give you a much better understanding of what they have found versus simply scanning the written home inspection report later.
The inspector should be happy to answer any questions you have about maintaining the home. After all, the job of a home inspector is to make sure a home is being maintained properly and that the next homeowner (you!) will know what needs to be done.
The Author Adam Clark is the owner and operator of Shield Guard Home Inspections. Adam Clark is a local Home Inspector located in Albany NY that has performed over 6000 Inspections
Phone: (518) 720-7152