Century 21 Bessette Realty Press Release - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

The Nuts and Bolts of a Home Inspection

The Nuts and Bolts of a Home Inspection

You've found your dream home and made your offer. Now it's time to get the financing in order, appraisal completed and start picking out all of your new furnishings. But wait – how can you be sure there are no hidden flaws in your new-to-you home?  Some serious problems may be invisible to the untrained eye, but stick out like a sore thumb to an experienced home inspector.

 

"Home buyers often ask me if they need to go through the expense of a home inspection," says Nikki Hagen, REALTOR with Century 21 Bessette Realty. "My answer 99.9 percent of the time is going to be yes. When you sign on the dotted line to buy a home, you are locking yourself into a 30-year mortgage, so it is definitely an investment worth making. You wouldn't buy a car without looking under the hood and taking it for a spin around the block. You can't do that with a house, but you can bring in an expert to check it out for you."

 

A home inspection is completed after the potential buyer and seller sign an offer contract and should be viewed as a protective measure for the potential buyer. Should the inspection come back with less than favorable results, the potential buyer can walk away at that point or negotiate with the seller to have the defects fixed, often at the seller's expense, prior to closing on the final sale.

 

"There are several things a home inspector is looking for when he or she comes out to the property," says Hagen. "The typical list includes everything from the construction of the walls and state of the foundation to the status of the electrical and plumbing components in the house."

 Here's a brief rundown of what your typical home inspector is going to inspect:

  • Structural elements: Construction of walls, ceilings, roof, floors and foundation.
  • Exterior evaluation: Wall coverings, landscaping, grading elevation, drainage, driveways, fences, sidewalks, etc.
  • Roof and attic: Framing, ventilation, type of roof construction, flashing and gutters.
  • Plumbing: Identification of pipe materials used for potable, drain, waste and vent pipes, including the condition.
  • Systems and components: Water heaters, air conditioning, fireplaces, chimney, duct work, etc.
  • Electrical: Main panel, circuit breakers, types of wiring, grounding, exhaust fans, receptacles, ceiling fans and light fixtures.
  • Garage: Slab, walls, ceiling, vents, entry, firewall, garage door, openers, exterior windows, etc.

Finally, Hagen says a home inspection is especially important in this area considering that many homes were affected in one way or another by hurricanes in the past decade. "Many area homes have new roofs and have had some level of reconstruction done to them since 2005 so it really is best to proceed with caution" adds Hagen. "A home inspection can provide you with valuable piece of mind and protect you from a bad experience."

 For more information, contact Bessette Realty at (337) 474-2185 or visit www.century21-bessette.com

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