Not only is the purchase of your first home one of the largest investments you’ll make in your lifetime, it is one of the most significant milestones you’ll accomplish as well. It’s important that a home inspection is performed before your home closes and you take possession of the keys. Otherwise, that dream home you’re so happy with could turn into a financial horror story.
A Miami home inspection thoroughly examines everything from cracks and decay on the interior to downspout drainage on the exterior and from the crawl space underneath the home to the roof covering it. As the buyer or the seller, you may be surprised as to how extensive the home inspection process can be. However, you don’t want to be shocked by any hidden problems that are revealed. Most of the issues can be resolved by repirs done by experts.
Thus, what does the home inspector check for? The following will give you a good idea:
- Electrical system and components – include conductors, lighting fixtures, service panels, switches, and wiring
- HVAC system – heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system involves the A/C, duct work, furnace, or any other type of heating system
- Plumbing system – includes drainage systems, faucets, sump pumps, and water heaters
- Roof and rain gutters
- Structural system – includes beams, foundation, framing, and slabs
In addition to these primary home systems, the inspector will also scrutinize these interior elements:
- Bathroom (drains, fans, lights, showers, sinks, toilets, etc.)
- Crawl Space
- Kitchen Appliances (dishwasher, garbage disposal, microwave, oven, refrigerator, etc.)
- Laundry Rooms
- Windows (including locks and latches)
Even with all of these items on their home inspection checklist, the home inspector’s work isn’t finished. He or she will also be looking for signs that indicate any type of insect infestation as these can cause a lot of damage to a home. Termites enjoy the humid climate of Florida and are categorized as wood destroying organisms for good reason. Unfortunately, termites and a number of other troublesome insects can cause thousands of dollars in damage if not detected soon enough. That is why home inspections becomes so important.
An experienced home inspector can spot the signs of an infestation almost immediately so homeowners can take steps to fix the problem. The home inspector will also look for mold in areas that are damp, dark, and warm. If mold isn’t remediated or removed, it can quickly spread throughout the home and pose a serious health threat to those living in the home.
For more information, contact Florida Inspections Unlimited at 305-910-1171 today. Our business representatives are available to assist you with your questions and doubts. Call us today!