Having a home inspection eases a lot of those worries and is key to a home buyers’ decision-making process.
Buying a home can be scary and is often filled with a lot of unknowns. The purpose of a house inspection is to help you, as a buyer, make an informed decision on purchasing the home. The home inspector’s job is to identify any problems or areas of concern with the home in question, as well as give you an idea of what kind of maintenance the property will require.
What is a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is a visual observation of a home. It’s usually performed during the “due diligence” period of home buying. If you were buying a house, you would first put in an offer. Once the offer is accepted, the due diligence period begins. This is usually a 2-week period in which the buyer is expected to obtain an appraisal, inspection, and any other tests they need to determine whether they want to proceed with the purchase of the property.
The inspection is the most informative part of the due diligence. A trained home inspector will come into the home and spend several hours examining the inside and outside of the home—the structure, foundation, HVAC system, insulation, plumbing, appliances and so on. They look at every single aspect of the home to make an accurate report for the buyer.
The intent of the inspection is to find any issues within the home so that the buyer isn’t surprised with thousands of dollars in needed repairs when they move in.
What Does a Home Inspector in Utah Look For?
According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, home inspectors are required to check the following for signs of damage:
- Home exterior
- Basement, foundation, crawlspace, and structure
- Heating and cooling systems
- Electrical systems
- Attic, insulation, and ventilation
- Doors, windows, and interior
While checking these required areas, home inspectors look for any of these major issues:
- Structural issues
- An old or damaged roof
- Water damage
- Problems with the electrical system
- Plumbing issues
- Pest infestations
- Problems with HVAC
In Utah, inspectors often pay particular attention to the heating and cooling systems and the plumbing due to the massive temperature swings between summer and winter. Frozen pipes can be a problem in the winter and early spring, causing problems in those areas.
How Much Does an Inspection Cost?
Though the amount a home inspector charges will vary depending on the size and age of the home, an average home inspection in the state of Utah costs around $360.
Your realtor might recommend a home inspector, but it’s also important to do your own research and find one you can trust to give you a thorough and accurate report.
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