When buying a home, you'll want to be assured that the property is in good condition. Therefore, you may benefit by requesting a home inspection.
the sales contract provides for it, the property can be inspected and tested by architects, engineers and/or property inspectors.
Typical Items Reviewed During A Home Inspection
You may also need to schedule a pest inspection to check for wood-boring insects. This may include:
- Electrical Systems
- Central Air Conditioning
- Chimneys and Fireplaces
- Porches and Decks
- Windows and Doors
- Insulation and Ventilation
- Gutters and Downspouts
You will also want to have an environmental inspection to check for:
- Carpenter Ants
- Powder Post Beetles, etc.
Should the home inspection reveal a major structural defect, an environmental hazard or infestation, you may be able to remedy the problem by getting the
seller to agree, in writing, to remedy major defects at the seller's expense. Such an agreement should describe how the remedy will be accomplished and
require that the defects be remedied using materials consistent with materials used in the construction of the property. The agreement should also require
that the remedy be completed prior to the date of settlement.
- Toxic Waste and Chemicals
- Lead Paint
- Lead in the Water Supply
- Soil Contamination
- Septic or Onsite Sewage
- Radon Gas and Pipelines (Oil, Gas, Chemical)
-or-The seller and the buyer may be able to agree on a credit at
settlement in an amount required to remedy the problem.
Note: The sales contract and state laws relating to disclosure of defects in
residential transactions will govern your rights and remedies.
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