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The Importance of Having a Home Inspection When Purchasing Mexican Properties

The Importance of Having a Home Inspection When Purchasing Mexican Properties

Most buyers choose to hire a Mexican home inspector or surveyor to check the property and conduct a home inspection which includes the home’s major systems and habitability of the home.
 
It is also recommended that sellers have a home inspection prior to putting their home on the market. This way they can find out the condition of their home, make any repairs or allow for credits towards repairs when pricing their home for sale, and they can avoid buyer objections. While the home inspection report is prepared for the person paying for it, the seller can share the information with their real estate agent and their buyer. The buyer should obtain their own inspection and not rely on the seller’s inspection in determining the property condition.  
 
What You Should Know?
 
While home inspectors in the United State and Canada are regulated, Mexican home inspectors are not certified or regulated by any Mexican government regulatory agency. The inspections and standards are similar though covering structural, electrical, plumbing and other home systems. The inspection report belongs only to the buyer. If the buyer wishes to share the results with the seller or their agent or any other party to the transaction, they can do so, but they are not bound by law to provide the information.  However, most real estate contracts have an inspection contingency clause that requires the buyer to disclose the inspector’s report to the seller.
 
The inspector will also provide you with information about whether the property meets the building code standards. Since there are typically no local municipal inspections during the construction process, standards of construction depend on the experience and expertise of the builder and architect of the property. Keep in mind though with regard to the condition of the home’s systems, the inspection is merely an option and not a warranty or guarantee of any kind. The inspector will discuss any problems or concerns about the condition of the home systems and make recommendations for further maintenance or repairs if needed.
 
Routine Maintenance
 
The inspector can give you a checklist for keeping  your home well maintained including cleaning your roof drains to prevent blockage which causes puddles of water to get trapped on  you’re the surface of your roof. Rain water needs to drain off your roof quickly. You should also make sure the the roof sealant is not damaged and make sure there are no cracks that rainwater could get into.  Patches can be made to help protect the roof from leaks. Always check your water supply, especially if the home has an underground water cisterns and/or roof tanks. The storage elements must be cleaned because algae or mold or other fungus can form here if water becomes stagnant over a long period of time. Also dead animals, insects or leaves can get into roof tanks so you should cleans these annually to make sure they are in working order and good condition. Also, check your windows, doors and locks to make sure their operating mechanisms are working property. It is easy to just spray them with WD-40 to make sure they are functioning properly. Changing air conditioning and heating filters is also recommended for your heating and air conditioning system. Put water in your bathroom, sing, shower, floor or toilet drains because the drain gets empty if you don’t use it and can allow sewer gas to escape. 
 
The responsibilities of owning Mexican property are the same as owning property anywhere. You want to be able to enjoy your property, but you must set aside costs for maintenance and repairs. If you are using the property as a vacation home or second home, you may want to hire a property manger to routinely go in and check on the property and schedule routine maintenance so that your home is in good working order and condition at all times. By taking care of the little things on a routine basis, you will maintain the value of your home and avoid expensive repair bills.