One of the necessary procedures before a buyer makes a real estate purchase is doing a home inspection. A home inspection is a visual and physical evaluation of the condition of a home. The intending buyer gets the services of a qualified inspector to examine the house comprehensively for any system damages and repairs essential for the home. Serious home buyers should pay attention and give a thorough maintenance check.
The inspection report is the basis on which the purchase price can be agreed upon through renegotiation, or conversely the seller can be allowed to make repairs before selling. A home inspection is a vital component of an escrow schedule; it is advisable for purchases of new construction and re-sales. Due to its significance in the escrow process, a buyer should know what to look for in a home inspection.
During the home inspection, it is important that all the structural components of the home are considered. A standard home has several structures, and when purchasing it, the condition of these structures should be checked to ensure their functionality. These includes roof, foundation, walls, floor, electrical fixtures and many other structural fittings of the house.
One should pay keen interest on shingles or tiles when inspecting the roof. Check underneath the shingles to see if moist or rotted. Also, test the flashing for tightness. Rodents love to use tree limbs as a passage to the house; they can also be risky during violent storms. Therefore during an inspection of the roof, they too should be carefully inspected. Take note of gutter debris and check if all the drains connect to the house. On the roof, it is prudent that you scrutinize the seals on the skylights and chimneys.
Electrical fittings in any house are supposed to be safe to operate. They should be fitted well to avoid fatal accidents in the house. One should test all fittings such as distribution panels, conductors, and grounding equipment. In the inspection report, the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be identified and noted
During the electrical inspection, note that the configuration of the electrical panel and circuit breaker should be adequate for the house needs.
Check the receptacles with ground fault interrupters (GFI) in bathrooms and kitchen which have mini circuit breakers for short circuit or overload. They should be wired correctly. Test the other house receptacles.
Faults on walls and floor accelerate seepage of water. Therefore a keen eye should be given to the exterior to identify any caulking and to what extent. Strictly look at the walls and floors for mildew patches and dampness. Broken glass seals, settlement cracks weakening tread steps, and decking are key aspects that you need to look for during an inspection.
A vital aspect of any house is the plumber’s hand; test all piping vents drains and the entire water system. The water flow in the house, both the pipes bringing in the water and the water waste outlets must be checked to ensure the stability of the system and that there is no blockage in the system. One should check water pressure by turning several faucets and flushing toilets. Another essential step when checking the plumber’s work, evaluate the condition of the septic system.
Home air conditioning should always be in functioning condition with the appropriate filters examined to ensure stable and steady accumulation. Therefore during the home inspection, one should not ignore the functioning of your air conditioners.
Supply pipes need to be examined to check out for corrosion. Sometimes birds build their nests inside the chimney; this will affect the air conditioning in the house. Therefore check the chimney and ensure that there is no blockage. Take note of the material used to make the chimney; whether it is brick or metal.
In the inspection, take note of Attic crawl space insulation and vapor retarders. How many venting fans are in also working condition in the home? Also, check for under-floor insulation for deterioration accessed through the basement.
It is prudent that all the internal appliances built in and in the purchase contract are checked and tested to see if they function efficiently. Inspect the number of windows and doors, stairways floors, cabinetry, and counters. One should also take note of those which do not work correctly.
Now you know what to look for in a home inspection to find out more contact James Diller, 909-303-0479, James@CommunityConnectRealty.com