Buying a house is one of the most important acquisitions a person can make in their life. Therefore doing a prepurchase building inspection is very important. This is true whether it is the first purchase or the tenth one. The basic reasons behind doing a prepurchase inspection are to make sure the house is in good condition. Other wise there is always the risk of buying a house that is not only unsafe to live in, but also difficult to resell if need be. If there is a problem with the house it is always better to find it in the beginning, rather than later. A half of century ago, using a building inspector before buying was virtually unheard of. Today nearly fifty percent of buildings sold, have a prepurchase inspections done to them.
The best way to deal with this is to hire a professional building inspector, before the purchasing the house. A professional inspector will be able to identify any problems that affect the value and the safety of the building. An inspection will give a degree of protection for the potential home buyer. What many people do not realize is that it can be difficult to see problems with a building if you do not have a trained eye. A building inspector will be able to see any potential problems that could turn into a liability for the owner in the future.
The first thing that is looked into is the electrical condition of the house or building. The inspector will find out if the wiring is adequate. Some older model houses will have aluminum wires for branch circuits. This is a known fire hazard. The next item that will be looked at is the plumbing condition. Problems such as leaking pipes and damaged drainage systems are a potential safety hazard. Leaking pipes not only can damage the structure of the house, it can cause mold to form.
The next part that needs to be looked into is the structure of the house. The structure of the house includes the roof, walls, attic, floor and foundation. The roof will be inspected to see if there is any sheathing and delaminating related problems. The walls, floor and foundation will be checked for termite, water seepage or any other type of damage. The attic should be checked for proper insulation and ventilation. Problems such as damage to girders, foundation walls, columns, floor joists will have to be checked.
The point of all this is to have a clear picture regarding the health of the house. This way if there are any problems with it, this can be used to re-negotiate a better price. If for example damage is seen that could cost 3000 dollars to repair, then it will be possible to ask for a deduction of that amount from the original price. The important thing to remember is to find a competent prepurchase inspector. Nowadays there are many people claiming to be qualified at this sort of job. Qualified inspectors will have an overall good knowledge of houses. They may not always have good specific knowledge such as a plumber. Research as much as possible and compare before committing to one.