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Home Defects
Buying a home is a major commitment and one of the most important things you can do is to learn about any home defects before you buy. This can be accomplished by working with a qualified and licensed Professional Engineer, PE. This type of home inspector will perform a thorough review of the home you are interested in to identify any existing and potential problems that could end up costing you a small fortune.

Many home defects are hidden and only detectable by an inspector, which is why working with someone qualified is so crucial. Unfortunately, many homeowners feel confident that they know enough about homes to perform their own inspection only to miss several important defects. The last thing you want to do when buying your dream home is to move in only to discover thousands of dollars of work needing to be done.

Many times, a homeowner will only look at the cosmetic aspects of a home but defects go much deeper than the surface. Therefore, before you put pen to paper in the closing, you need to have any home defects identified. Professional engineers are trained to look for the little things in places that other people would overlook. The inspector will crawl into the attic, down in the basement, look up fireplaces, and check every nook and cranny. While this may cost a little and take some time, the benefits are enormous.

During the time the inspector is going through the house that you plan to buy, you should follow along and pay attention. Ask many questions and take this opportunity to learn as much about the house as possible. For instance, perhaps the inspector will spot a problem that could arise down the road and by pointing it out to you, a major problem could be eliminated.

The roof of the house will need to be inspected carefully to check for the beginning of wear and tear. Roofs cost thousands of dollars to repair or replace. Just imagine how horrible it would be for a defect to be overlooked and you being footed with a $10,000 bill. The same would be true for a leaking basement. A good inspector will know what to look for to determine if there has ever been any water damage due to a crack in the foundation. By missing, something this important could end up being a disaster for you.

A good inspector will find defects for just about anything. They will check for broken beams in the attic, cracks in the fireplace, poor ventilation problem in the attic that could cause structural deterioration, the deck, and more. Additional inspections would include the paint surface if your home were built prior to 1978. Lead paint was often used both inside and outside, which leads to health issues. If your inspector does not mention this, you should ask them to evaluate the paint to make sure there is no lead present.

Other home defects that should be considered include bulges, problems with the exterior wall framing, poor construction, termite damage, or improper structural alteration. All of these defects could lead to expensive repair costs if not found by the inspector. When looking for an inspector, start by asking your real estate agent or lender if they can recommend one. If not, then make sure you find an inspector that is a PE and licensed. Remember to be careful of buying a home where there is obvious renovations with the plumbing or electrical. These problems may not seem like a big deal but can actually be quite costly.

 
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