Buying or selling a home can be an exciting venture, but there’s an equal amount of stress that comes with the territory. Open houses and showings give potential buyers the opportunity to check out a property to see if it suits their needs, but when it comes time to make the deal certain concerns can arise with the home inspection as the inspector reviews the home from the ground up!
Here are 10 things a home inspector looks for:
- Doors and Windows
The home inspector will check to see that all windows and doors are in working order and will also report any damage to frames, glass and other hardware.
- Walls, Floors and Interior Rooms
The home inspector will check to see that walls are structurally sound as well as the condition of paint and paneling. The floors, walls and ceilings will also be inspected for cracks or other defects.
- Kitchen and Appliances
The home inspector will check to ensure all included appliances are functioning. Cabinets and kitchen drawers will also be inspected along with the plumbing of the sink and dishwasher.
- Bathrooms and Plumbing
The home inspector will check all sinks, faucets, toilets, drains, showers and tubs for any leaks or damage as well as the adequacy of water pressure and temperature.
- Lights, Switches and Electrical
The home inspector will check to make sure all lights, switches and electrical outlets are functioning properly as well as the condition of electrical panels and wiring of the home.
- Roof, Guttering and Chimneys
The home inspector will check to ensure there are no defects, such as missing shingles and loose gutters. Any chimneys will also be inspected for leaks.
- Attic and Insulation
The home inspector will check to see that the attic is insulated sufficiently and properly installed with adequate ventilation.
- Siding and Exterior
The home inspector will check for dents and loose siding or damaged, cracked and missing brick or stone.
The home inspector will check to ensure the foundation is solid. Significant cracks can be a sign of structural issues.
- Landscaping, Buildings and Driveways
The home inspector will check the yard and landscaping for any potential risks as well as walkways, driveways and sheds to ensure they are in good condition and secure.
We hope this list gives you an idea of what to expect with any upcoming home inspection. Always talk to your realtor about further details or questions you may have about the inspection process.
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