Home Safety

Home Inspections Can Prevent Unwelcome Surprises

A first-rate home inspection can help you avoid unpleasant and costly surprises. So, if you're serious about buying a new home, get it checked out thoroughly.


Here are some of the key points you should know about home inspections:

Moisture detection methods--You could spend lots of money fixing moisture-damaged areas, so it's essential an inspector finds all sources of water trouble. Make sure your inspector uses proper moisture-detection devices such as hand-held meters and infrared cameras. A competent inspector will also report on poorly sloped yards, old water stains and even musty smells.

Experience of inspector--Before you hire a home inspector, ask questions: How many inspections have you done? What are your qualifications? Is this your full-time job? Do you belong to the American Society of Home Inspectors? Have you passed the National Home Inspection Examination?

Length of inspection--It takes time to do a thorough, comprehensive home inspection. You should have serious reservations about hiring any inspector who says the job will only take two or three hours.

Areas covered by inspection--Some inspectors will only cover one door or window in a room. Insist that your inspector look at all doors and windows. Also, find out if the home's heating and cooling systems are functional and adequate.

More Information

Contact an American Family Insurance agent, visit our web site www.amfam.com, or call 1-800-MYAMFAM (1-800-692-6326) for more information.

These recommendations were developed using generally accepted safety standards. Compliance with these recommendations is not a guarantee that you will be in conformance with any building code, federal, state or local regulation regarding safety or fire. Compliance with these recommendations does not ensure the absolute safety of your occupation, business or residence. It is the property owner’s duty to warn any tenants or occupants of the property of any safety hazards that may exist.