If you're planning on buying a home, performing a thorough inspection of everything you can think of is vital. If something is wrong and you purchase the home anyway, the repair costs are usually your problem unless it's something outrageously deceptive or an issue protected by local real estate laws. As you consider your next home, here are a few inspection points to keep in mind.
Can You Check The Plumbing Thoroughly?
Plumbing can be an expensive issue to fix because of the expertise needed and the hard-to-reach plumbing in some areas. A lot of plumbing problems can happen in sub-level (crawlspace, basement, underground) areas where you need training to dig properly, let alone make changes to the actual plumbing.
There are a few plumbing checks that the average buyer can do on their own. Turning on the faucets to check for flow problems and heating capacity, flushing toilets, leaving water on to check for drainage issues, and checking the garbage disposal are all surface-level inspection points that are nonetheless easy to forget. It also takes an understanding of what "wrong" looks and sounds like to find the more difficult problems.
Unless you have plumbing experience, you need to hire a plumber to perform the checks in underground and outdoor-access areas. That said, you also need to know how to confirm a plumber's home inspection skill. This is a problem with any set of skills, but a home inspector will have more connections with plumbers who know the specifics of home plumbing inspection.
Electrical Inspection And Repair
An electrician is necessary to get into the walls and make major repairs, or to check the outlets for small problems that could become bigger later.
You can check a few electrical issues on your own. Checking the lights, plugging up to every outlet to see if your phone takes a charge (and to make sure your charger doesn't fall out), and listening for any areas where electrical connects might be buzzing with frayed wire damage are your main inspection points as a non-electrician.
An electrical inspector can look for outdated electrical wiring. Wiring that doesn't meet modern code (building and design policies) can be inefficient or downright dangerous, as old wiring methods may not be able to withstand certain electrical loads. Do-it-yourself wiring could expose you to fires or other issues that a previous owner knew how to deal with, but you may hurt yourself without their insight.
To make sure your next home has a great set of working features, contact a home inspections service to plan a detailed survey of the entire property.