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The most important thing you can do when buying or selling a home is to work with a licensed Professional Engineer to find any home defects. This is the person who will help identify those hidden problems and in the end, save you money. Even if you have owned several homes and believe you know what to look for, you should always use the services of an inspector.

Interestingly enough, the hidden defects are what can ultimately cost you a small fortune. For this reason, it is crucial that you work with someone who can save you money upfront. Keep in mind that an inspector cannot always find everything but they can find things like a crack in the foundation, improper structural defect, water damage, and so on. The most important thing is to work with an inspector who will take his or her time to uncover any potential problems.

Always walk around with the inspector so you can learn all you can about the house. In addition to looking for lead paint on homes built prior to 1978, to leaky basements, and bulges in the exterior wall framing or roof framing, many other things will be looked for by the inspector. As an example, the inspector should look at the electrical checking the wiring and service panel to ensure they are up to code. In addition to looking for enough electrical switches inside and outside the home, the outlets themselves should be checked for open ground or wiring reversal problems. Many homes built in the 1960s and 1970s had aluminum wiring. If the home you are interested in has this type of wiring, it would need to be upgraded.

The home inspector should also check the type of pipe that supplies the water to the house coming in from the street. If the pipes were, the old style of lead or galvanized steel, to replace them should there be a water break, would cost thousands of dollars. Most good inspectors will also carry around a moisture meter that will check the wall plaster, floor, or ceiling for water leaks. The bathroom is another important aspect that needs to be carefully checked for leakage.

A qualified inspector will check the fireplace and heating system to ensure the exchangers are working properly and that heat distribution is adequate. They will check the ductwork, check emergency switches, and perform carbon monoxide emissions test. Some inspectors are now checking for radon as well.

If the home is older and has an underground oil storage tank, it too should be tested. Insulation of an older home should also be checked for asbestos, which can be deadly. Any type of material found that is suspect, should be reported to you. With this information, you can request the homeowner make the appropriate corrections.

Central air will also need to be checked to ensure the compressor is working properly, that siding is secure, decked are secure to the home, that the guttering is in tact, and that the slope from the house is appropriate. The inspector you use should write a full report of all the findings and the date by which any corrections should be fixed. Keep in mind that depending on the type of home loan, not all of the defects will need to be fixed. However, a good inspector will catch all of the items that need fixing according to the type of loan you will secure. For instance, an FHA loan is very strict. In most cases, this type of loan will require the homeowner to fix just about everything found whereas a VHA or Conventional loan is not as strict.

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