Foreclosed houses are undoubtedly the choice homes for many people who are seriously considering buying anew house, a second home, or an investment property. But a big part of ensuring that your investment is well-protected is in making sure that you are adequately aware of the condition and state of the property you are going to buy before you make the decision to purchase it.
While buyers know that they should get a home inspection done on their houses, not everybody is aware of how it is done and what it is all about. In fact, very few buyers can even interpret or read a home inspection report. But regardless of this fact, every buyer must still have home inspections done on the properties that they are willing to buy.
The Truth about Home Inspections
When you are viewing a property, but would like to have a professional inspection report deliver to you, your agent will most likely give you a list of home inspectors that you can tap to accomplish the work. However, you must be aware that not all home inspectors do the same thing. A general home inspector could give you a rundown of the general state of the house as well as its overall condition, but may not be able to give you any report on specific things that need to be looked at in the property.
This is because there are several types of home inspections done on foreclosed houses. Basically, general inspectors could give you a good idea of the defects and repairs that are apparent from the general condition of the house, but may need to refer you to other inspectors who are more qualified to look into specialized concerns like pest control, asbestos check and others.
Pest control inspectors can give you a report on the presence or possibility of pest infestation on the property. If you are buying a foreclosed home that is built entirely with wood, you may want to consider getting this type of inspector to check the integrity of the wood material with respect to termites and other wood eating pests.
If the foreclosed houses have chimneys, there are chimney inspectors that can determine whether the chimney could still contain and discharge smoke properly as well as see if the structure is not in a deteriorating state.
While a general inspector can note the general electrical concerns of the house, an electrician is still the best person to ask to ascertain the electrical connections, wiring and other possible problems that may arise with respect to electricity.
Finally, you should try to get a good and reputable foundation engineer who can point out important concerns regarding the integrity of the foundation of the foreclosed houses you are considering as this also has great implications on your safety and those of the potential dwellers.