Tips For Inspecting A Rural Home For Potential Purchase

If you have decided to move out of the city to a rural area, then it is important that you understand which inspections are necessary to ensure that you are buying a property without major issues. Since rural properties often have water wells, septic tanks, and other aspects that homes located within city limits do not, it is vital that you have each of these things professionally inspected before your escrow closes and any problems become your issues to resolve. To this end, here is a list of the inspections you should have completed on any rural home you are considering for purchase:

Inspection #1: Home Inspection

A home inspection is very important for a rural home. Home inspections are performed by professional inspectors who are trained to look at every electrical outlet, light fixture, plumbing fixture, drain, etc. and will generate a report that will let you know of any small issues with a home. Additionally, the home inspector will check for major foundation damage and other issues that you will not see when you walk through a home.

Inspection #2: Roof Inspection

While a home inspection is wonderful for showing you any unseen issues in a home, such as plumbing that isn't draining or electrical outlets that aren't working, they are not adequate to determine the longevity of a home's roof. You should hire a licensed roofing contractor and have them inspect the roof. Their report will give you the approximate age of the roof and let you know about any areas where the roof is having issues with leaking or deterioration. 

Inspection #3: Septic System Inspection

Since septic systems can fail if they are not properly cared for over the years, it is vital that you have a licensed plumbing contractor pump out the septic system and test it for flow. This test will ensure that waste water is flowing out of the septic tank and down the leach lines for absorption at the leach field. 

Inspection #4: Water Well Inspection

Finally, you should have the water well inspected to determine how much water it produces and to ensure there are no contaminants in the water that could make your family or pets sick. A local well driller will run the well to determine how many gallons of water per minute that it produces. Low producing wells will require a holding tank and additional plumbing to keep a steady flow of water coming into your home. Additionally, the water should be sent off to a lab to test for biological and chemical contamination. Shallow wells often contain biological contaminants, while deeper wells sometimes have water that contains toxic elements such as arsenic.

To learn more about the home buying process, contact a company like Norchar.


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