It is your worst nightmare. Your search for homes led you to the ideal piece of Atlanta real estate. However, shortly after moving in, you realize you have just inherited a leaky pipe, a faulty roof and a crumbling foundation, at a price-tag of $280,000!
Sometimes this can happen even after paying $300 to $800 for a home inspection service, so finding the right home inspectors is crucial in securing the best possible investment.
Professional home inspectors are trained to assess a home’s structure and foundation, electrical work, plumbing and roofing. However, they will not be equipped to detect radon levels, mold, rodents, termites or asbestos.
You will need to get separate inspections if you suspect any of those factors may be at play in your home. At the end of the home inspection, you will receive a detailed written report, which will ideally contain photographs, as well as descriptions of all defects, so it will be easy to get repair estimates.
Once you have hired your home inspector, you may be wondering, “What is a deal breaker?” If you see stains where water may have run down the basement walls, bulges or cracks bigger than one-third of an inch, then your house has serious structural damage.
If the house smells moldy, musty, sullied with cat urine or masked with copious amounts of potpourri, then you might want to think twice. If you see a cockroach, termite, ant or mouse on your walk-through, you might want to pass on this headache.
Pests can be extremely hard to get rid of and if you see one, then chances are there are many more. While you will need a vigilant eye on your walk-through, hiring one of the many professional home inspectors for termite inspection gold coast can give you that added peace of mind about your big investment.