3 Vital Inspections When Purchasing Your First Home

19 November 2017
 Categories: Real Estate, Blog

Have you been looking into buying a house for the first time? Do you think that you've finally found the perfect house? Shopping for your first home can be exciting, but it can also be frustrating. A house may look nice but be in a bad neighborhood, or maybe the house is in a good neighborhood but doesn't have enough rooms. But finding a house that matches most of your initial criteria doesn't mean that your job is done. In order to make sure that the house really is the best one for you and for your family, it's a good idea to have a few extra inspections performed on the house. Some of these include:

Mold inspection: If you live in a humid client, it's important to have a mold inspection performed on any property before you buy it. It's possible to clean the mold off of a surface, only to have the mold re-emerge a short time later. A professional who is skilled in mold inspection will know the signs to look for and will be able to tell you whether mold has been a concern for the property in the recent past or if mold may be a concern again in the near future. Since mold can trigger asthma and other health problems in many individuals, it's important to know whether or not mold is going to be an issue.

Plumbing inspection: Although a basic overview of the plumbing system may be covered under the general appraisal and inspection, it's a good idea to have someone look specifically at the plumbing system. In addition to the pipes that are bringing water into the home, you should also have the plumber carry out a sewer line inspection to look for clogs or any other serious issues that could be expected in the near-future. 

Electrical inspection: Replacing dangerous and outdated wiring can be even more expensive, in some instances, than dealing with a plumbing issue. The electrician who you hire to perform the inspection will look for things like old aluminum wires, outdated circuit breakers or fuse boxes, and various other potentially hazardous wiring issues depending upon the age of the house. Even if the house is relatively new, it's still a good idea to have everything checked out so that you can be assured that the wiring hasn't been "updated" in the past by an inexperienced homeowner who actually wound up making things worse.