When you are in the market for a new house, the first thing you tend to do once you find a new home you like, is to get the new home diagnosed.
- Home inspectors are supposed to be looking out for the well-being of the homeowner and the bank that is providing the mortgage.
If there is anything too pressingly wrong with the house, either the bank won’t lend the money or the potential customer will back out of the purchase. Well, when I was looking for a new home, I fell in love with an older model brick home in an established village. It was at the top of my price range, so I couldn’t afford anything too bad to be wrong with it. The new home inspector went in and got to work looking in every nook and corner for what might need to be fixed or replaced. This new home had only minor things. The roof was superb and relatively new. The sizzling water heater was one of the newer kinds that provides heating on demand. There were no apparent cracks that would indicate foundation complications. There was just one thing I was sad about. The HVAC. The inspector suggested that the air conditioning and gas furnace absolutely didn’t have much longer to live. She estimated that I would need to replace the HVAC within 3 years of buying the house. Well, the HVAC is usually the 2nd most fancy thing to replace in a home, behind only the roof, so that absolutely made me worry. Then I found out the air conditioning worked fine, but she just had a formula that said replacing the air conditioning usually needed to happen every 12 years, and this HVAC machine was nine years old. I’m not so nervous now, so I purchased the house.