General Home Inspection

Are you buying or selling a home? Did you know that no law in New York requires a buyer or a seller to conduct an inspection when purchasing or selling a home? So why have one done? A general home inspection will give you a good picture of what you’re getting into. If you’re selling, you’ll want as much negotiating power as possible to help finalize the sales contract. If you’re a buyer, you’ll want to consider any potential hidden costs needed to repair, renovate, or replace any significant or minor structure.

Either way, you will have more negotiating power when you finalize the sales contract.

Most often both parties prefer to complete the inspection before the sales contract is signed so all major negotiations can happen before going into contract. 

What is a General home Inspection

A general home inspection is defined as the process by which a home inspector observes and provides a written report of the systems and components of a residential building. The safety and quality assessment of a property should always be done by a professional. Here’s a list of standard systems and structures that are included in the assessement process.

  • External conditions and surfaces (grading, vegetation or trees that may affect the home, etc.)
  • Roof covering, rooftop HVAC and plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys
  • Roof structure, attic, insulation and ventilation
  • Plumbing systems
  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Foundation, slabs and floor structure
  • Walls, ceilings, floors and windows
  • Garages (electrical issues, structure, moisture intrusion, etc.)
  • Electrical systems (electric panel, switches, receptacles, lighting and fans)
  • Safety issues (walkways, stairways, deck structures, etc.)

Know Your Space

Whether you are buying or selling a home, knowing your space is key. Let Rolo Home & Septic Inspections help you avoid surprises during the buying or selling of a residential property.