What Do Home Inspectors Look For in SWFL?
A home inspection is an essential part of the buying process. Typically, an offer to purchase is made with some conditions, including that the house passes the inspection. Sometimes in an exceptionally hot market, offers will be made without conditions, but this isn’t usual and can be a very bad idea. Imagine getting a great deal on a house, but then having to pay a fortune in upgrades and repairs that you didn’t know about before you moved in!
A good home inspector will take a thorough look at the house, but here are some of the more common problems that can be discovered during the inspection.
Problems Uncovered by Home Inspections
A home inspector’s job is to spot any potential issues with the house, whether they’re major or minor. Then it’s up to you to decide whether the issues are small enough to deal with yourself, whether you want to ask the seller to fix them before closing, or whether it’s a big enough problem to make you back out of the deal altogether. Some of the potential issues to watch out for include:
Electrical wiring: The inspector isn’t going to tear out a wall and inspect all the wiring, but they will look for things like exposed wires, or lots of extension cords in use. They’ll also make sure the circuit breaker is up to code, that the bathrooms and kitchen have the correct circuit interrupters in place, and that all of the electrical outlets work properly.
Plumbing: The inspector will check for any signs of leaks or water damage, and will test the water pressure by turning on faucets and flushing the toilets. They’ll also make sure all of the drains work properly.
Stucco problems: We love our stucco houses here in SWFL, but occasionally they can experience big problems. Stucco is applied in a way that allows for water to drain out, but sometimes concrete patios and sidewalks are poured too high and that drainage mechanism is buried. This could lead to major water damage if it isn’t addressed.
Roofing: The inspector will check for deteriorating shingles (or other roofing materials), and for any decay in the underlying materials. They’ll also look for any spots that might collect standing water.
Drainage: Especially here in Florida, proper drainage around the house is essential. The inspector will make sure water is directed away from the house and that the gutters and downspouts are sufficient. They also may test for moisture in the crawlspace to make sure there are no leaks.
Are You in the Market for a New Home? Call the Link Team
There are several steps in the process of buying a house in Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, or Estero, from making an offer to getting an inspection to having the house appraised. Fortunately, you can call on the Link Team’s extensive experience in the local market to get you through all these steps with as little stress as possible. Call us today at (239) 357-5058 or get in touch through our website.