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Home Inspections

Save Money in the Long Run

by: Mike Peckham

Purchasing a new home is one of the biggest investments a homeowner will make. It involves deadlines and busy schedules. All home buyers put a considerable amount of time, effort and care into selecting their home. But no home is perfect. Each home has its own character and charm. For your own peace of mind, it is important that you understand everything possible regarding the home you are about to purchase. Hiring a home inspector, like myself, is one of the smartest things you can do before making a decision to sign on the dotted line. A home inspection is designed to assess hundreds of different components in your home, helping you better understand the condition of the property and avoid unwanted surprises.

A home inspection covers all major systems in the home, including the following:

" Mechanical Systems
" Electrical Systems
" Plumbing
" Structural Components
" Exterior Components
" Interior Components            

After I've completed the home inspection, you will receive the report within 48 hours by email, hard copy or if you're in a major time crunch, I can print out the report on the spot for you.

Q.  When should you order a home inspection?
A. You should order a home inspection immediately after reaching a written purchase agreement with the home seller. Most real estate purchase agreements include a clause making the purchase contingent on a home inspection for your protection.

Q.  I've recently moved to Iowa from out-of-state and never heard about radon.  Can you explain what radon is?
A. It's an odorless and invisible gas that can be found in many types of buildings such as your home.  Since your home is where you and your family spend the most time it is also the place you are more likely to get the greatest exposure.  The state of Iowa does have some of the highest radon levels in the United States, but once detected, mitigation can resolve the issue.

Q.  I have bought homes before and never purchased an inspection.  Why start now?
A.  It only takes one problem to dig into your pocketbook and with the average inspection costing only $250 it's one of the best ways to avoid unwanted repair bills during a time when money is tighter than ever before.

Mike Peckham is co-owner of National Property Inspections and has been in the building/home inspection industry in the Des Moines area for over 20 years. He is also a member of the Greater Des Moines Chamber. Mike can be reached at: 515-963-8422,