By Sarah Jean Worden
When buying or selling a home, licensed home inspectors are an important cog. They look at the structure of a building and determine its soundness. They examine other issues so buyers, sellers and real estate agents don’t get caught up in unexpected predicaments.
Dave Digges of Amtec Inspections LLC in Clifton Park said getting a residential home inspection by a licensed inspector is comparable to taking out an insurance policy on one of the biggest investments a person will make. It’s also why banks require it.
What people often refer to as a home inspection is actually a structural inspection, he said, which does not cover typical “after-market additions to the home, like water softeners or an unattached shed.
“Newer homes tend to have a whole lot less problems than a house that’s 100 years old,” said Larry McGann of Spire Inspections in Ballston Lake.
Although he said most home inspections are called for when a person is buying, some will call him if they are thinking of selling a house in order to educate themselves about the value and possibly gain some leverage over price negotiation.
An inspector will closely examine a house to determine if there are plumbing or electrical issues. They check the safety of the roof, windows and insulation.