Buying a home is one of the most important investments you will ever make and it's important to feel confident about your purchase. Hiring a home inspector is a critical step in the real estate process that will identify defects and potential problems in a property's visible and accessible areas. A home inspection can potentially save you money down the road and limits the chances of purchasing a home with safety issues and hidden flaws. A good inspector will not only identify issues but will offer you guidance on how to resolve them.
What Does a Home Inspector Inspect?
Not all flaws are obvious to the untrained eye. When touring a home, you may notice that a room needs a new coat of paint or the kitchen needs updating. Home Inspectors look for issues such as roof damage, leaks in the attic, outdated electrical wiring, plumbing leaks, structural integrity, wall cracks, excessive moisture, and much, much more.
Home Inspections for New Construction
Even new construction can potentially have problems. You may think that a new home is perfect, but this is not always the case. With so many people involved in building a new home with all its components, mistakes are possible. Examples of common new construction issues are incorrect insulation, improper venting, drainage issues, window leaks, and even areas left unpainted. Even though you may not encounter major issues, a home inspection is a great way to help protect your financial investment.
Hiring the Right Home Inspector
Your REALTOR® will be able to refer you to a home inspector with whom they have a working relationship. You can also ask family and friends for recommendations based on the experiences they've had. Alternatively, you can visit the Louisiana State Board of Home Inspectors and search by name or zip code for certified home inspectors in the Greater Baton Rouge area.
Contact us at RE/MAX First to learn more about the inspection process, the importance of hiring a home inspector, how it can affect you, and if you need recommendations.