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Home and Building Inspection

If you are considering buying a new home or purchasing a building or building space for a business, you always want to make sure that you are making a wise investment. Real estate appraisers can be hired to determine a home or building's monetary value, but only home and building inspectors can determine a home or building's true condition. Inspectors check the physical condition and structure of the building as well as HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems. It is wise to have homes and buildings inspected before purchase to make a final decision knowing the true condition of the building.

Home inspections are commonly performed on newly built homes and homes that are on the market. They are performed by home inspectors who are typically private contractors with the proper certifications to inspect homes. Home inspectors check for building issues and general maintenance problems but do not check for issues involving zoning, building permits, surveys, and boundaries among many others. Their main tasks include checking basements, roofs, and the home's foundation for structural damage or bad building practices. They also inspect the main systems of a home such as plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems. An inspection of these systems consists of observing the system while in operation and checking the individual component parts of the system for defects. After a home inspection is complete, the inspector forms a written report for their client based on their findings.

Unlike home inspectors, public building inspectors are employed by a local government and hold several certifications in one or more discipline. Building inspectors ensure that public buildings are in compliance with the building codes of the jurisdiction under which they are employed. These building codes include the plumbing and electrical systems, as well as any specialty codes that may apply to certain establishments. Building inspectors also work in conjunction with the engineers of the property to inspect workmanship and code compliance during the construction stages.

Before moving into a new home or purchasing a new building or space, have it inspected to make sure that the home or building is in adequate condition. Appraisers can only determine the resale or market value of a home in a monetary sense while a building inspection will make you aware of any damage or defects that need to be addressed in order to make the building functional. A simple home inspection could end up saving you hundreds or even thousands in repair and maintenance costs on a home in poor condition. If you are looking to purchase property, makes sure to have any buildings inspected before making a decision.