Every smart buyer and seller should have a home inspection when purchasing or selling. It makes practical sense to know the home you are dealing with even if you have lived in it for many years. Why wouldn’t you not want an expert to thoroughly examine a high dollar item you are purchasing or selling? Here are some items that will be inspected by a great home inspector.
Structure The home’s “skeleton” should be able to stand up to weather, gravity, and the earth that surrounds it. Structural components include items such as the foundation and the framing. Exterior The inspector will look at sidewalks, driveways, steps, windows, doors, siding, trim, and surface drainage. Attached porches, decks, and balconies should also be examined.
Roofing A professional inspector will provide very important information about your roof, including its age, roof draining systems, buckled shingles, and loose gutters and downspouts. They should also inform you of the condition of any skylights and chimneys as well as the potential for pooling water. But remember, a home inspector cannot certify a roof for an upcoming sale.
Plumbing Your inspector will examine the water supply and note any leaks that are present. The inspection will include a simple pressure test on the sink and tub/shower drains. Poor water pressure, seeping faucets, slow moving drains, and leaking pipes may indicate larger problems.
Electrical You should be informed of the condition of service entrance wires, service panels, breakers and fuses, and disconnects. Also take note of the number of outlets in each room.
Heating and air conditioning An inspector will check the central air system and ducted cooling equipment. During the fall and winter, it is best to de-winterize evaporative coolers in order that they can be properly tested. The inspector will also examine the water heater’s age, its energy rating, and whether the size is adequate for the house.
Interiors Your inspector will take a close look at walls, ceilings and floors; steps, stairways, and railings; countertops and cabinets; and the garage’s interior. These areas can reveal leaks, insect damage, rot, construction defects, and more.
Ventilation/insulation Inspectors should check for adequate insulation and ventilation in the attic and in unfinished areas such as crawl spaces. Insulation should be appropriate for the age of the home. Without proper ventilation, excess moisture can lead to mold and water damage.
Fireplaces They are very charming, but fireplaces can be dangerous if there are cracks in the firebox. Inspectors should examine the vent, flue, and if a spark arrestor is properly installed.
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