More than 7 out of 10 homebuyers now use an inspection to make sure they’re getting the home they expected. And, if you’re buying a house in Melbourne, Viera, Cocoa or the Space Coast, this can be especially useful to protect your investment.
The number one reason to inspect your new home is that it’s likely the biggest and most important purchase your family has made. Therefore,it’s worth investing a few hundred dollars to ensure that home is safe, secure and free of serious issues.
The costs to repair unknown roof, HVAC, plumbing or appliance issues after you’ve moved into your home can easily exceed the cost of an inspection. Even small problems can snowball into larger ones if left unfixed. A home inspection alerts you of these before you complete the sale.
In addition to pointing out repair and maintenance needs on your new home, an inspection can also save you thousands on your purchase price. If unknown damage is found, the seller may reduce the sale price to allow you to have your own repairs and upgrades performed.
Regardless, a thorough home inspection should give you confidence in your purchase, knowing that you have all the information on a home before closing the sale.
When looking for a new home, the location, upgrades and design are some of the most important factors. However, it’s just as vital to know that the house is built properly and has been maintained by the prior owner.
When viewing a home with your agent, you simply don’t have enough time or access to inspect all the major systems to see if they need repair. That’s why a SureHome expert will spend hours carefully reviewing these items for issues.
Some of common parts of a home that we check in our inspection include:
Defects in these systems can greatly affect a home’s value, durability and cost of ownership. It is crucial to protect yourself by having an expert review them before you commit to purchasing.
A qualified home inspector will attempt to climb onto roof areas that aren’t visible from the ground. They’ll examine all accessible structural and attic areas. And, they’ll inspect the electrical, plumbing, HVAC, interior, windows and doors to identify problems that may be present.
Problems with these systems can lead to further damage and have the greatest impact on a home’s value and maintenance costs. An expert review before you purchase the home is crucial to protecting yourself.
Your SureHome inspector will climb up on accessible roofs and reach areas that you can’t see from the ground. They’ll also check the accessible structural and attic areas. Finally, they’ll review the electrical, plumbing, HVAC, interior, window and door systems for problems.
The Melbourne and Space Coast areas have unique climate and weather conditions that can cause issues to our homes, no matter what age or size.
First, the direct ultraviolet rays and near-constant heat we experience from the sun year round can wreak havoc on porches, roofs, paint, decks and siding. Excess attic and roof heat from poor ventilation can also cause damage to shingles and roof components.
In Melbourne, Satellite Beach, Cocoa Beach and Titusville, added salt in the air from ocean breezes can also cause rusting of building fasteners and deteriorate outside fixtures like lights and fans.
In some of these areas, houses may have been constructed on soil that has settled or is uneven, which can lead to foundation issues. This may surface in foundation, exterior walls or inside wall cracks.
The heavy storms and precipitation around the Space Coast can subject homes to leaking or water drainage issues. We often notice roof flashing installed improperly, which can direct water inside the home envelope instead of down and away from it.
Also, we discover many homes without guttering or adequate ground sloping. These features are very important for rain runoff and preventing foundation flooding, settling or cracking.
Finally, the winds we experience from summer storms and the occasional hurricane can cause damage to exterior siding and roofs, as well as improper sealing around windows and doors.
For more about all the ways we inspect your home, or to schedule a SureHome consultation, contact us today.