Guidance from Global

  • Is a Home Inspection Worth It?

    Thinking about getting your home inspected?

    Think about the way you shop for a car in comparison to the way you would shop for a house. If you're like most people you might look very closely at the warranty details when purchasing that vehicle. How well is that car covered? A new one will probably have some decent standard coverage, while a use car most likely wouldn't. You may end up paying some kind of deductible on the warranty when purchasing a new vehicle,  however the good part is that most of the components are covered.

    When making the actual purchase you may enlist the help from a friend who just happens to be a mechanic. That person would check for defects that would otherwise be missed because you have the insurance of a friend looking out for your best interest. Their expertise would far exceed your own, so you would trust your friend to let you know if the car needs any major repairs in the near future.

    Compare this situation to the way that someone would shop for a home now.

    The initial down payment on property can be a sizable chunk of cash to start with. Not just that, but once you add your monthly mortgage payment to that figure you could be looking at well over £1 million in total expenses! It's ironic in a way that what ends up happening with the norm is that they want a certain level of assurance when purchasing a vehicle, however when it comes to buying a home, it all goes out of the window...and a house can cost up to twenty times more than that car!

    It's completely understandable that when you purchase a home that you would have many different worries and concerns. It may even seem sensible because it's more cost effective to decide against ordering a home inspection so you can save a little cash. Even though everything looks okay on the surface and you had another friend of yours in the carpentry trade take a walk through and told you the house was a real gem, the simple truth of the matter is that a home inspector has another level of expertise. Your carpentry friend, although professional and educated in his field, most likely won't be able to spot a faulty heating system or an undersized wire in an electrical branch circuit.

    The major underlying principle here is to NOT trust your largest investment and asset to the opinions of those who simply aren't qualified. Inspections are there for your protection whether it be for health and safety or for your wallet.

    How will a home Inspector help me?

    They are capable of pointing out potential safety issues that could endanger you, your children, or potential buyers and their families. Part of their duties include inspecting the basement for water intrusion and proper construction as well as checking the actual structural integrity of your home. If you need them to check on the condition of the roof, the plumbing, any electrical issues, or heating and air conditioning systems then they can handle complete reviews on those items. Inspector's will sometimes even go as far as to make certain that any major appliances that are part of your home purchase are all in working order. They'll also inspect the driveway and the retaining walls and the grading and drainage of the property. Our inspectors at Global Development are specialists in pointing out any ventilation or insulation issues in your home whether it be the attic space or living quarters. We are also keen to locate roofing failures, mold, or moisture problems. Other good items to have them check out gutters, downspouts, soffit, eaves and fascia for any damage, rot and any other exterior defects.

    Feel free to contact us directly if you would like to discuss booking an inspection for your home. We know this can be an exciting step for you so will handle your needs and concerns with the same care that we would handle our own. Please contact us directly at 0208 854 1025 or via e-mail in the box at the bottom of the page.

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