Orange County Real Estate
Home Inspection Checklist
You finally found your new Orange County home. You are all excited, almost giddy, thinking of how you are going to make it your own. Repaint that pink bedroom, check. Remove grandma’s green shag carpet, check (and always remove the green shag carpet). Replace the builder’s special tile counter top with granite, check. Buyers see the home as they are going to live it in and how they are going to experience it but a quality home inspection looks well beyond the cosmetics (even the green shag carpet) and looks for major issues that you can’t see that can add dramatically increase your cost of homeownership.
When you get your potential new home inspected, and you should ALWAYS have a professional third party inspection, your inspector will look at several key areas that buyers can’t easily see and let you know what to look out for, what to have the seller repair before you close and sometimes why you need to look for another home. The following is a list of the general areas Orange County real estate home inspections cover which will give you insight about the home before you close your deal.
ORANGE COUNTY REAL ESTATE HOME INSPECTION CHECKLIST
1) Structural – general construction of the walls, ceilings, floors, roof and foundation. What the inspector is looking for is signs of poor construction or structural issues that may present a future problem to you which are often red flags you want to look out for.
2) Roof/Attic – the inspector will pop into the attic and look for proper ventilation, general construction and possible sources of leaks.
3) Exterior – wall construction, grading, elevation, driveways, fences, drainage, fascia, trim, windows, electrical outlets and doors.
4) Plumbing – examination, material identification and condition report on exposed pipes, test out the faucets, tubs, showers, sinks and toilets.
5) Electrical – main panel inspection, breaker inspection, GFI tests, type of wiring, grounding, exhaust fans, outlets, fixtures, fans.
6) Systems – hot water heater, furnaces, air conditioning, fireplace, chimney, sprinklers and ductwork.
7) Garage – firewall, garage door, slab, ceiling, vents, entry, opener, electrical.
8) Appliances – dishwasher, range, oven, garbage disposal, smoke detectors and built in microwaves.
With all the areas buyers can’t see that are covered by a home inspection the need for one is obvious. Once you have a clear idea of exactly what condition the Orange County home you are buying is in the next step is to decide how to proceed, what do you want the seller to repair and what do you want the seller to credit you so you can have repaired etc and in Orange County real estate these repair negotiations are extremely common and us seasoned agents know exactly how to handle them. Home inspections have become so common place that now even some savvy Orange County real estate sellers are having them done before putting their home on the market, so they can address any possible issues ahead of time and have a much smoother transaction. As a buyer you should always have your potential Orange County home inspected by a licensed and qualified third party inspector because you deserve to know exactly what you are buying.
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