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What Inspections Should I Have When Buying a Carlsbad Home?

What Inspections Should I Have When Buying a Carlsbad Home?

 

I have had this question asked fairly often, but even when it’s not specifically asked, I always review the options for Carlsbad buyers so they can do the best due diligence possible.

 

Our standard due diligence period is 17 days (but always negotiable in the contract) and there are a number of things a prudent buyer should consider in doing their property investigation, in addition to reviewing the seller disclosures, the Preliminary Title Report (Prelim), and the Natural Hazards Disclosure (NHD).

 

A home inspection is essentialGeneral Home Inspection

Mandatory in my mind. Anyone not doing a complete home inspection is taking a huge risk. We are seeing some buyers in California who are opting out of inspections to make their offers as competitive as possible in multiple offer scenarios, but you had better be prepared to deal with potential, and expensive, consequences.

 

Roof Inspection

Often a good idea essential if the rood is older and/or the home inspector identifies potential problems (leaks, crack tiles, missing shingles).

 

HVAC

Also a good idea if the furnace or AC have not been serviced recently or are older. And of course if the inspector identifies potential problems (e.g., incorrect installation of a furnace, a questionable furnace model like the Premier, and AC unit that does not cool sufficiently) hiring an HVAC profession to get the low down on any problems and the costs of repairs or replacement is essential

 

Plumbing and Electrical

It’s not unusual for there to be minor defects noted by the inspector but serious concerns regarding leaks, cracks in pipes, poorly or incorrectly installed wiring and electrical boxes all warrant further investigation by a licensed electrician or plumber.

 

A broken toilet can be expensiveWell and Septic Systems

Homes with wells and septic systems in our area are rare but if the home you want to buy has either, you need to get the appropriate inspections done. Problems with these can be costly and lenders may require verification that systems have been inspected and are in good working order.

 

Pools and Spas

If you are buying a home with either or both of these you need to have a qualified professional to evaluate them (home inspectors are generally not qualified and will tell you to hire a vendor). Problems with either, but especially a pool, can be expensive, whether it’s a crack, leaking pipes, or a faulty filtration system.

 

Termites

Usually the protocol here in SoCal is to ask the seller to do the termite inspection as part of the contract, but if for some reason they won’t, you will want to do one. Termites are pesky critters, are very common, and they can cause major problems. And many lenders will require a termite clearance. You may need to check for other pests, too, like bees, ants, and rodents.

 

Structural repairs can be costlyStructural/Foundation

There may be concerns raised about structural or foundation issues (e.g., cracked slab, settlement in different areas of the house, cracked walls) and these should absolutely be checked out by a structural engineer. This stuff impacts the integrity of the entire home and a cracked slab can be very expensive to repair, and may preclude any sort of loan.

 

The choices of inspections are yours (and there are others), and should be based on a prudent consideration of potential defects and needed repairs that can be costly, and which might result in a decision to move on, rather than to purchase the home.

 

That said, you should expect that ANY home inspection will reveal of number of deferred maintenance issues and defects – it happens with every house. And that’s the information you want to know as a prudent Carlsbad home buyer.

 

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