When you have done the basic inquisition about a property, it is expedient to schedule a professional structural home inspection. This goes beyond fixing some of the things in the property, it needs a thorough work to understand the features and systems in the property. Areas that are at the end of their effective lifespan and the parts that need ongoing maintenance would be highlighted. The buildings code of conformity and other interesting points of interest would be pointed out through a structural examination. In order to give a brighter light on the components that make up a buildings structure; here is a quick checklist on the things to look out for.
- Electrical Systems
- Cosmetic condition, paint, siding, etc
- Structural elements, foundation, framing, etc
- Plumbing Systems
- Heating and Cooling Systems, etc.
It is essential to mention that a structural inspection addresses environmental issues. Most times people do not want to go through the hassle of getting their own licensed home Inspector but this is not right. It is not in the hands of the other party to protect your interests; it is purely your responsibility. A simple research can give you a long list of good structural inspectors that you can choose from. However, you must ensure that anyone you are using is experienced and licensed to do the job.
It is important to mention that when you are interested in a property and discover structural defect, you can do one of two things. You can list the problems and ensure the Seller works on them or use it as a bargaining tool to lower the price of the property. On the other hand, you can terminate the transaction. One of the major take home from this exercise is that you have a greater degree of comfort when you make property transactions.
Other important components that make up our home inspections are inspecting the mechanical systems, attics, basements and crawlspaces as well as the complete interior and exterior portions of the property as a whole.