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Important home inspections

A home inspection is an important part of the home buying process. Taken at face value, it can be difficult to discern any potential issues with a home. An inspection can not only help a buyer and seller uncover potential defects with a property, it can also educate a buyer about the home they intend to purchase.

As a buyer, it is difficult to know what inspections may be needed. While there are many different types of inspections, below are four common home inspections a buyer should consider when purchasing a property.

Full home inspection

A full home inspection is a standard inspection that will check the condition of a property. A home inspector’s job is to give an unbiased, third-party opinion of the property. During a full home inspection, the home inspector will check the mechanical items, roofing and overall condition of the home. The inspector will report their findings, potential defects and make a repair recommendations to all parties. If necessary, the inspector will recommend specific items be evaluated by their appropriate licensed trade.

Termite and dry rot inspection

A termite and dry rot inspection is a simple and inexpensive inspection. Many termite inspectors will even include a dry rot inspection as part of their service. Termites feast on wood and if a home has termites, they will weaken the wood structure of a home over time. Dry rot is a fungus that can weaken and deteriorate wood. Most lenders will require a buyer have a termite and dry rot inspection completed as a condition of their loan.

Sewer line inspection

A sewer line inspector will use a camera to check the condition of the pipes that lead from the home to the main sewer line. An inspector will take a video and make report and any repair recommendations based on their findings. Buyers purchasing older homes, or homes with surrounding mature trees may request a sewer line inspection. Sewer lines age and break over time. They can also be compromised by tree roots, weakening material or other obstructions that are in the ground.

Air duct inspection

Like a sewer line inspection, air ducts inside a home are inspected with a camera. This may uncover an interference with airflow or issues with the duct material. Evaporative coolers, which are common in New Mexico, create moisture. Over time, moisture can cause rust and weaken the ductwork. Air ducts installed in the flooring can be prone to shifting or collapsing, which can restrict airflow or eliminate it altogether. Restricted airflow means a property will not heat or cool properly.

A buyer may require other specialized inspections like a septic or well inspection, depending on the property area. A buyer should always consider all their options when choosing what home inspections to obtain. Lastly, a home inspection is not a means to gain an upper hand over a seller. A home inspection is a tool for the buyer to uncover the facts about the home they are buying. Armed with information, a buyer can make a sound decision about how to move forward with the property they want to buy.