Whether you are planning to sell your home, buy a new home, or both, the importance of obtaining a home inspection can’t be stressed enough.
Without one, you could end up spending a huge sum in repairs, especially when dealing with the older home.
An inspection should always include checking for asbestos, mold, lead paint or radon leaks. But before stepping inside, a look at the outside is equally as important. Is the home built on a hillside or in a flood-prone area? Both could mean damage to the foundation, according to the National Association of Realtors.
Large trees can be beautiful, but they can also damage the roof, and tree roots can wreak havoc on the foundation. Your home inspector should also check out the sidewalk, driveway, steps, windows, doors, siding and trim. Examination of porches, decks, and balconies can reveal cracks, rotten wood, sinking or leaning.
Surface drainage is also extremely important, which can be affected by a home’s roof, including its age, roof draining systems, buckled shingles, and loose gutters and downspouts, says NAR.
Skylights and chimneys must also be checked for leaks and damage.
Inside the home, a plumbing inspection should include the water heater, drainage pumps and sump pumps, looking for weak water pressure, banging pipes, or rust. You should also know the water heater’s age, energy rating and if its size is right for the size of the home. The electrical service should be up-to-date with adequate wiring, service panel, breakers or fuses, adds NAR.
Additionally, does the home have adequate insulation and ventilation in the attic and crawl space?
Finally, there are the obvious areas: Walls, ceilings, floors; steps, stairways, railings, countertops and cabinets. A good inspector will look for insect damage, rot and poor construction.
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