The Best Way to Get a Home Inspection
Buying a home is fun and exciting but don't miss the most important element: The Home Inspection. Now is the time to be serious and get a professional, neutral opinion on your new home.
Hire a professional inspector that has years of experience in the Great Falls real estate area. You want an inspector that know the structure of the majority of the homes in our area and can advice on future issues to prevent problems.
Major Issues that can come up in a home inspection:
A great inspector will check the pipes to make sure they are up to date but also, when you view homes for the first time, check faucets and connections for any leaks that may be hiding. Completing these simple tests now can save you inspection costs on a home later.
Inspectors will check all outlets for loose or non-GFCI outlets. Make sure your outlets are up to date. Also check the electical box to be sure its up to date to carry all the new power requirements we need today. This is more of an issue on older homes although these are always things to check.
Furnace and heat pump filters need to be checked and replaced annually. Annual maintanance is critical for all furnace and water heaters and inspectors will check on the most recent service performed on each appliance.
Loss of heat through the attic can be one of the biggest costs on heating and cooling bills. By having the proper insulation in the attic you could save hundreds a year. Double check flashings, shingles and roof composite for proper installations and any leakage. Have the inspector inform you of how many years left the roof has before needing replacement.
Inspectors will make sure all grading carries water away from the foundation. There should not be any water in the basement. Also check proper gutter installation that carries all water away from the house. The inspector will check all connections.
With these tips in mind you can be sure to have your inspector check all of them out prior to closing. These are critical issues you will want to take care of before you settle in your new Great Falls MT real estate. Having the big issues out of the way before closing will ensure many more years of worry free comfort.
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