What is the Importance of a Detailed Property Inspection?

What is a Property Inspection?

A property inspection is a detailed visual documentation of the structures, design, and fixtures of a property. It provides a buyer, renter, or other consumer of the information with valuable insight on the property's conditions before purchase.

Types of Property Inspection:

· Electrical

The inspector will check for unsafe wiring procedures, ungrounded outlets, and other issues that could pose a risk. The inspector will also advise on the best way to proceed, in case there are any problems.  This requires a specialty license, typically to be a licensed electrician.

· Chimney

Some home chimneys may have crumbling interior brickwork or may be leaky. A chimney inspection will investigate these issues.

· Rooftop

A roof inspection can save you maintenance cost down the line. Some issues to look out for include signs of leak, damage, mold growth, and other trouble spots. This is generally completed by a licensed roofing contractor, or licensed home inspector.

· Sewer or Septic System

Many old buildings are prone to leakages and foul odors from a faulty sewer system. However, modern inspections can use a digital technology to check through the septic system and give you a detailed report.

· Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

You'll need to determine the status of the home's central heating and cooling system. Some things an inspector considers are heat pumps, electrical connections, thermostat calibration, and oil filters.  This typically requires a specialty license. 

· Plumbing and Water Systems

This inspection reviews all connections under the sinks, verifies all fixtures and drainage and checks the water heater and pressure. If the property has a well, it'll also determine the depth and water sanitation.

When is a Property Inspection is Required?

Purchasing or renting a home is a significant investment. Therefore, to avoid costly repairs down the line, it's essential to inspect before purchase. After inspection, you'll have a clearer picture of the property's value and negotiate accurately.

Property Inspection Checklist:

If you're preparing for a property inspection services, you'll need to make a list of areas you want the inspector to check. Your checklist should include:

  • Foundation
  • Roof
  • Attic space
  • Doors and windows
  • Basement
  • Gutters and downspouts
  • Electrical and power outlets
  • Plumbing fixtures and faucets
  • HVAC system
  • Home and kitchen appliances
  • Stairs, steps, and railings
  • Garage
  • Porches and balconies
  • Walkways and driveways

What is the Importance of a Property Inspection?

  1. An inspection helps to document problems before making an huge investment.
  2. It offers vital details of your new property
  3. It helps reduce the risk of surprises in the future
  4. It enables you to negotiate properly with the seller

About SGPNow:

We understand the importance of getting accurate data fast which is why we leverage the technology and network of our parent company, Safeguard Properties. SGPNow provides fast, cost effective exterior and interior documentation via GPS validated photos.