1. Be Sure To Attend The Home Inspection
First time home buyers
should be sure to attend the home inspection; the inspection should take about two hours. One picture is worth a thousand words, and there’s a unique opportunity to learn about the home and its
2. Be Sure That The Home Inspector Is Well Equipped
The home inspection engineer should be fully equipped with necessary
engineering tools including electrical testers, a fuel gas and carbon monoxide detector, moisture meter, ladder, inspection mirror, flashlight, level, and other home inspection tools, etc.
3. Be Sure To Follow The Home Inspector And Ask Questions
No questions are foolish for first time home buyers, learn as much as you can from the home
inspector during the home inspection.
4. Be Sure That All Of The Following Points Are Fully Covered
Location, Location, Location,
you’ve heard that often enough when looking for a home. Once you find your home, there’s nothing more important than Structural, Structural, Structural, you need to know that the home you
are purchasing is structurally sound (that's an important reason for retaining the services of a home inspection company licensed to practice engineering).
The physical, plumbing, heating,
air-conditioning, and electrical systems should be thoroughly inspected and evaluated. The home inspection engineer should look for aluminum electrical distribution wires, electrical systems that are
not adequate for modern usage, lead and galvanized steel water supply pipes, aged and inefficient heating and air-conditioning systems, etc.
The home inspection should include an inspection
for wood destroying insects that will be accepted by your mortgage lender.
If the home has a well and/or septic system, these systems should be evaluated as well by the home
The home inspection engineer should look for materials that may be asbestos containing materials.
5. Be Sure To Consider Optional Tests
Where applicable, testing underground storage tanks, testing paint for lead, testing drinking water for lead, testing well supplied drinking water for bacteria, testing for radon gas in
air, testing for urea formaldehyde foam insulation, etc.
6. Be Sure To Obtain A Full Verbal Report From The Home Inspector At The Time Of The Home
The home inspection engineering report should be available the next working day after the home inspection but a full verbal report should be obtained at the conclusion of
the home inspection.