Minneapolis Home Inspection Services
Amerispec® Home Inspections
A home inspection is an absolute necessity when buying a home. Fortunately for buyers, many lenders require a professional home inspection before they will make the final commitment to complete the loan, but some do not.
Why opt for a home inspection?
If you are buying a home, you need to be sure the contract is subject to a satisfactory home inspection report. A home inspection is one of the best values you will see in the entire real estate transaction process. For a relatively small investment, you can uncover potential problems that could cost thousands to correct, and they might not show up for years. If no problems are found, you will have peace of mind knowing that you have invested in a good property.
What does a home inspection cover?
The inspector will check all visible structural components of the home. He or she will check from the basement to the roof and everything in between. He or she will go into crawl spaces and attic spaces to make sure the structure of the home you are buying is sound. He or she will go through every room of the house looking for signs of underlying problems that most people wouldn’t recognize.
As part of the home inspection, the plumbing and electrical systems will be checked for proper operation as well as any signs of defects. The heating and air conditioning equipment will be given an operational check to ensure they are working. And all of the appliances will be checked to make sure they are functioning.
Other home inspection services
Additional services that can be provided by home inspectors include radon testing and thermal imaging. These services may be included as part of the service, or may be offered as an option in order to provide a lower cost package. When you are making such a large investment as real estate, it’s smart to include these items as part of any home inspection.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that seeps into homes from the ground underneath. It can only be detected with special equipment. Radon is known to cause lung cancer, so it is important to take precautions to eliminate it. There are effective ways to eliminate dangerous levels of radon but there will be a cost involved.
Thermal imaging can tell where heat is radiating from a home. This can reveal where there might be poor insulation in parts of the home as well as other problems, such as loose electrical connections which show up because they create excessive heat.
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