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Conducting a home inspection is vital when purchasing property

On Behalf of | Mar 25, 2022 | Real Estate

If you’re buying a home in Rhode Island, it can be an exciting time. However, before you get too far into the process, it’s essential to have a home inspection conducted. This action helps ensure no costly surprises are lurking on the property. Having a licensed professional inspect the house you’re buying should provide peace of mind.

Hiring a licensed inspector is essential

Thoroughly examining the property you intend on purchasing is best done by hiring a licensed inspector. They have the training and experience to get this job done efficiently and correctly. They’ll have a list of items to check and go through each one meticulously. These areas can include the following:

  • Exterior
  • Interior
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Roof
  • Foundation

Looking at the heating and cooling system, appliances, lot, basement and attic are other areas typically inspected.

Inspecting the property

Before the inspection day occurs, you should receive a seller’s disclosure form. This statement should help identify any existing issues that need to be addressed or have been addressed. If the house has been remodeled, it’s vital to ensure it’s up to code. If unpermitted work has been completed, it should be carefully inspected.

Going through each home inspection component and noting if any additional work needs to be completed before closing is vital. Otherwise, you may have to deal with it after closing on the property.

Hidden problems

Having an inspection done on the home you’re purchasing examines and points out obvious problems. If there are any hidden challenges behind the structure’s walls, it won’t be easy to spot them. Typically, if the inspection company misses an obvious problem, they will repair it. Examining your contract can help define their responsibility if this occurs.

Understanding the steps taken to provide a home inspection should help you with price negotiation and instill confidence in knowing what you’re getting.