When it comes to home inspections, they usually depend on the type of home you want to buy. For instance, if you plan on buying a large home, then you should expect to pay a lot more for having it inspected compared to a condominium for instance. Regardless of the type of home you buy though, below we’re going to take a closer look at some of the basic elements that a house inspector is going to check.
On top of that, if you want, you can also use this list in order to evaluate the properties you may be interested in acquiring.
1. Air Conditioning
The property inspector needs to inspect your home’s through-wall and central cooling equipment, its energy source and also let you know more about its energy rating and age.
If a roof is properly maintained, then it can protect you from most of nature’s forces, including snow and rain. Because of that, it’s very important that you consider the roof’s chimneys, the skylight, check for loose downspouts and/or gutters, the roof’s draining system, the condition of flashing and the roof’s overall age before buying a property.
A property’s skeleton is one of the most important parts of it that will determine how the house can withstand geo-climatic changes, gravity and of course, the weather. Therefore, in order to ensure the house can withstand the various geo-climatic forces exercised on it, its framing, foundation and structural components need to be carefully inspected.
No one denies they aren’t charming, but if they aren’t installed properly, they can become dangerous. That is why the inspector needs to properly examine the system (the flue and vent as well) and let you know more about the solid fuel burning appliances.
Safe electrical wiring is vital and that is why the home inspector should look for the condition of the disconnects, fuses and breakers, service panels and that of service entrance wires. On top of that, you should also take note of how many outlets each room has.
When hiring a home inspector, you should make sure that he checks the doors, the windows the steps, the driveways, but also the sidewalks. The exterior inspection should also include the surface drainage, the trim and the property’s siding amongst others.
The property’s chimneys, flues, ventilation system and heating system should be carefully inspected. Check the water heater’s age, its energy rating, speed of recovery and whether it’s large enough for your property or not.
Make sure that the drainage systems and the water supply are properly inspected, including the fuel storage systems and O2 heating equipment. In this category we also have the sump pumps and drainage pumps, so don’t forget about them. If the home inspector notices corrosion, rust spots or poor water pressure for instance, then this can signal trouble.
To ensure there’s no loss of energy, you should check for proper ventilation and insulation in crawlspaces and in the attic. The walls should also have secured and proper insulation that is appropriate based on the climate, as well. That’s because if there’s too much moisture in the house, it can lead to water damage and mold.
Inspecting the interior of a house can reveal issues such as construction defects, rot, insect damage and plumbing leaks. That is why a house inspector should take a closer look at :
- Garage door systems and doors.
- Cabinets and countertops.
- Railings, stairways and steps.
- Walls, ceilings and also floors.