The home inspection is an extremely important step in your home-buying process. Before making an offer on a home, you’ll want to hire a professional to inspect the home, inside and out, to ensure you won’t be hassled with any unexpected repairs after move in. If the inspector does find problems that need fixed, you can begin negotiating with the seller to either have them fix the problems themselves, or lower the price to incorporate the cost of repairs you’ll have to make later.
Read more to learn about some of the most critical inspection concerns both on the exterior and interior of your potential future home:
Interior Inspection Concerns:
Heating & Cooling Systems – The ventilation of the home should be thoroughly checked, as well as the furnace and the response level of the thermostat.
Walls, Floors and Ceilings – You’ll want to make sure the home is without mold and other water damage on all walls, floors and ceilings (including in the basement). The surfaces should also be inspected for their overall condition, making sure there are no cracks, dents or stains.
Plumbing – All fixtures and pipes around the home should be checked for leaks, and the areas around all bathtubs and showers should be checked for water damage. The hot and cold water pressure should also be tested by running multiple faucets. Finally, the hot water heater should be looked at to make sure it is functioning correctly.
Chimney – If the home has a fireplace and chimney, the overall stability of the structures should be checked, including checking for loose bricks and mortar.
Exterior Inspection Concerns:
The Roof – It’s very important to have your roof fully inspected for any leaks, or for any damaged parts that may cause leaks in the future.
Drainage – The home should be elevated on the property to prevent flooding and water damage – it should lie above the rest of the land, which should gradually slope downward and out. Also, an adequate portion of the home’s foundation should be visible, about 6-8 inches.
Foundation – Speaking of the foundation, it’s extremely important to check for any cracks. If cracks are found, a further inspection may be necessary to ensure the quality of the home’s construction.
Siding and Paint – The exterior surface of the home should be check for any flaws, including bubbles or chips in the siding and paint job.
Remember: Having your potential new home inspecting is a critical step in the home buying process – it can determine how much you’ll end up paying for the home or how much you’ll need to repair once it’s yours.