When hiring a home improvement contractor, don’t forget about the permits and inspections that are required by your city. Q: I read your article on how to hire a contractor and thought it was very good, but two items that …
Even if you hire a great home inspector (ASHI member), when it comes to an underground fuel storage tanks, problems can be missed. Q: We bought a house in Winchester, VA about ten years ago. We had a professional home …
If you buy a home, you should hire a professional home inspector help you to make sure there are no problems with the home. If you apply for a loan with a bank, the bank will send out a bank appraiser to appraise the home — that is make sure that the home is standing and that the home has a high enough value to justify the loan. But if you apply for an FHA loan, the bank will send out a person to inspect the home for problems. If the home has problems, the lender may require those problems to be fixed prior to the bank giving you the FHA loan. But the FHA inspection should not and does not replace a good home inspector you hire to make sure the home is in the shape you believe it should be in.
Is the home you plan to buy a former meth house? It’s hard to spot homes that have been used as a methamphetamine lab (meth lab or meth house as they are they are called). But there are some tangible signs of a former meth house that you can watch out for as you tour a prospective home. This story lists some of the items you should look for before you end up buying a former meth house, especially a home inspection.
A homeowner’s supporting wood structure is rotting. He discovered the problem when replacing decayed Masonite siding, and wonders whether he has any recourse with the seller for not informing him about the problem. He might want to hire a home inspector now to determine the source of his problem and then proceed to fix it.
When you’re buying a home, a home inspector will go over the property with you to point out any issues that may require home repair. It’s a good idea to walk around with the home inspector during a home inspection because he may make comments that won’t appear on the final report. After you know the home inspection issues you’ll need to decide who should fix them and whether you want to go through with the home purchase, if the problems are significant.
When building a new home, hire a private, professional home inspector to make sure your new construction is up to building codes. City inspectors don’t have the time that a professional home inspector has to make sure your new home meets all the building codes. If you don’t use a reputable, professional home inspector, your home may not meet all the building codes, even if it passes inspection by the city building inspector.