If you’re looking to purchase your first home in the Bronx and have made an offer, it’s time to set up a time for an inspection.
Some people don’t think that an inspection is necessary, but getting one can help you find hidden problems with a property that could end up costing you thousands of dollars in the future.
Some of these problems might not be simple to see from a casual walk-through of the property, but if an inspector comes to view the home, they’ll know where to look for problems. Here are three of the biggest areas they will check for signs of trouble:
Faulty plumbing is the first thing to look for. Do the toilets flush and the sinks run with enough pressure? Does the shower work well? The inspector will turn on every faucet and shower as well as flush every toilet to make sure they work as intended.
Water damage can result from faulty plumbing or plumbing issues. Water damage is a leading cause of structural damage, toxic mold, and dry rot. The inspector will look for mild, mildew, water stains and other signs of water damage.
Finally, there is the risk of electrical issues. Faulty wiring has the potential to lead to fires, and, at the very least, may mean your appliances don’t work as they should. Your inspector will look for exposed wires as well as out-of-date wiring.
Before you buy, it’s a good idea to have an inspection of your home. Your attorney can help make sure this inspection is a part of your contract, so you have protection against buying a defective property.