There is much about the house you are going to buy that those professional engineers, licensed, who specialize in pre-purchase home inspection will tell you that there is nothing more important than structural aspects. If the house you will not have the structural integrity to give you peace of mind that you need you might be making a bad investment and lose sleep regarding this problem.
House consists of complex system components, including the structure, physical, electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning. Wow! One would think that finding your dream home was easy, but it is even harder to determine what lies beneath the appearance. For example, bathroom and kitchen look good, the wallpaper, I do not like, but it is simple to change, but, underneath? Is everything alright? This is the primary reason that you need a competent engineer to help you evaluate the components of the house you planned to buy.
Finding a good inspector is like searching for a good doctor. You have to check their credentials carefully.
Make sure the company you hire is affiliated with an association as NABIE (National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers) or NSPE (National Society of Professional Engineers). This two unions only accept certified professionals engineers. An NABIE member to meet certification requirements he/she must be qualified in the profession inspection of homes and follow ethical standards. Also, we must consider that the states regulate the profession of certified engineers, while the business of inspecting homes is not regulated.
Do not confuse inspectors issued certificates or vocational sold by companies, or companies, or through correspondence courses obtention homes. To get these they do not need no high school or diploma.
You can obtain much information at the time of inspection. Taking it all is tough. Technical terminology may be confusing, and that is why you need a detailed written report, not a list by hand, which is what you normally get at the end of an inspection. These records, known as a “checklist” or “punch list,” do not provide the details, information or engineering counseling you need.
Be sure to attend the inspection. It is an excellent opportunity to learn about your home and systems. Also, make sure your inspector is certified as well as equipped. He should carry all necessary tools, including gas detectors and carbon monoxide, an instrument for determining the level of electricity, a moisture meter, ladder, mirror, flashlight, level and other necessary equipment.
Follow the inspector while doing the inspection and ask questions. No question is silly, learn all you can about the inspector during the inspection. Make sure that the following areas are covered: there is nothing more important that the structure is intact, including the foundations. (This is essential to hire a company certified for engineering practice inspection reason.)
Also be sure that review and evaluate the physical condition of the house, including plumbing, heating, the air condition, and electrical systems. The engineer must determine the status of the roof, exterior, facade, doors, and windows in carrying out the inspection. The slopes around the house should be examined, as well as the conditions of patios, porches, driveways and sidewalks.
If the house has a built-in grill then you need to make sure is it the best gas grill available in the market? If not then you should consider the cost of replacing it in as well.
The physical status of the interior of the house should also be evaluated for signs that demonstrate the existence of problems. The engineer must determine if there have been incidents of water in the attic or lower parts of the house or the house may have flooding problems in the attic, lower parts or other parts of the house. The engineer must determine the presence of asbestos or any asbestos material. Another area that should be checked is whether termites or other wood destroying insects which are a factor that your mortgage lender may take into consideration.
Electrical & Mechanical Components are Alos Important!
The engineer must check all electrical and mechanical components of the house and look for aluminum distribution cables, electrical systems that are not suitable for modern use and galvanized steel pipes for the supply of old and inefficient water. If the house has well or septic systems, these systems must be evaluated by the inspector.
In some places, it is necessary to perform tests to determine whether underground tanks, lead, lead in water, bacteria in drinking water, radon in the air and other elements harmful to health. The inspection should last about two hours. Make sure the engineer will summarize their findings and make him an oral report at the end of the investigation. The written report should be ready the next day of inspection.
After the inspection, you should have a clear idea of the condition of your home including the positive and negative aspects. You should know what repairs are needed, the urgency in carrying out these repairs and the size and cost of such repairs. It is important to know if dangerous conditions that require immediate attention may have hidden risks.
You should be able to understand all aspects of the repair report. Check the seal of a professional engineer certificate at the end of the report. The engineer must answer any questions you have regarding any aspect of the report.
The engineer should not offer repair services for any problems encountered since this can create conflicts of interest and you should have confidence in their impartiality and neutrality.