1. I am buying a home, why should I have it inspected?
A home inspection gives the buyer confidence, can discover any substantial defects before they become a larger problem, and exposes what the quality of the home really is. Because our home inspector is a licensed contractor, he can give you a good idea of what the costs of the repairs are going to be so that you know exactly what you are investing in. Simply put, a home inspection offers peace of mind so that you can make the biggest purchase of your life without worrying and gives you an education on how to better care for your home.
2. I am buying a brand new home. Why should I have it inspected?
The fact that the home has never been lived in is actually a reason TO have a home inspection done. Many of the components of the home have never been thoroughly tested or run. It is a good idea to have a credible professional test all of the components and make sure they are working properly. The contractor cannot be everywhere all the time to ensure that all work is completed and systems are 100% ready to run. Although some contractors will do a final walk-through of a home, it is many times just visual and not nearly as thorough as a complete home inspection. While most builders’ warranties will cover repairs within the first year, some of the items that are found in a home inspection, if repaired in a timely manner, can prevent major damage to a home. Waiting until something goes wrong before it is fixed can cause major damage, inconvenience, and the worry of having to wait for the contractor to come back to your home to address the issue. In some instances, the issues that are found during the home inspection, if left alone, might not be discovered until after the Home Warranty has expired. This leaves the home owner responsible for the cost of the repair.
3. I am selling my home, should I have it inspected or wait for the buyer to do it?
A Pre-sell home inspection can be invaluable to a home owner. Many times a pre-sell inspection will point out many defects that the home owner may not realize are there so that they can be fixed before a buyer ever steps foot on the property. A pre-sell inspection will also offer advice on how to make your home look more presentable so that it is more appealing to potential buyers. It can make the end transaction go much more smoothly and help to sell the home much more quickly.
4. What should I look for in my home inspector?
Because the state of New Mexico has no regulations or required certifications for home inspectors it is imperative that you pick a home inspector who has experience. Construction or home maintenance experience is a must. You should also ask what type of home inspection training the inspector has. It is also a good idea to pick an inspector who is affiliated with a reputable home inspection organization such as ASHI or NACHI. A diversified inspector will also give you more options and make the process go much more smoothly, so it is a good idea to make sure they can provide multiple services and not just home inspections.
5. I am building a new home should I get it inspected?
A Construction Phase Inspection can be very useful during the construction of a new home and also at the end of the project before the property has closed. It ensures that the construction of the home is progressing adequately and with high quality workmanship.
6. My new home builder’s warranty is about to expire, should I have my home inspected?
Absolutely! The inspection lets you know what issues need to be addressed so that you can get them resolved before the warranty expires.
7. My home is getting older and I do not know what repairs I need to make to ensure that my home is properly maintained. Would a home inspection help me to address the needs of my older home?
Although many people do not think about getting a home inspection for this purpose, it is a crucial time to have one done. A professional inspector can properly evaluate the home to see what issues need to be addressed and also recommend the most reputable and least expensive companies to help in the repairs.
A HOME INSPECTION….