When buying a home, it is a good idea to have a professional home inspector look over the property. This home inspection checklist can help you and your inspector discover potential problems before you buy your home.
What to Look for: Exterior
When examining the exterior of a home, here are some things to look for.
Make sure that the chimney is straight and intact without missing bricks or mortar. According to the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), you should also ask your home inspector to check the tightness of the flashing, which is sheet metal that prevents leakage at the point where the roof and chimney meet.
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Gutters must be clean, stainless and fastened properly in the house. Watch out for bending or bending in the middle. Be sure to check that gutters are connected to a downspout that allows water to drain away from the house, says ASHI. Most importantly, they must drain water to a downward and away from the structure, according to ASHI.
According to Zillow, you want to note if the exterior of the home, including siding and paint, is in good shape or can be repaired soon. Zillow also recommends that you look for any loose discs or exposed wires.
Windows and Doors
Look for decay or rot around the frames, advises Bob Villa. Make sure that there is no broken glass, that screens are not damaged and that windows and joints are properly sealed, sealed and insulated, says ASHI.
Make sure the home looks square from all sides without sloping or slack. ASHI recommends that there are no significant cracks and that insects cannot reach wood. And Zillow further recommends that there are no trees or roots near the base.
Property / Grounds
Ask your inspector to look for standing water, as it may be a common red flag for drainage problems or septic tank problems. Look for tree branches that touch the house or loom above the roof. ASHI also recommends that you look for large cracks in the driveway and walkways that may need to be repaired.
What to look for: Interior
When you and the inspector move to the inside of the house, it is a good idea to look at the following components.
Zillow recommends that you look for signs of leaks, such as decay or water stains. ASHI says that you should also check for signs of pests (nests, drips, etc.).
Bedroom, living room and dining room
According to ASHI, all floors, walls and ceilings must be spotless and even. Test windows and doors to make sure they open and close easily and fit in the frames of the windows.
Paint or other wall coverings should be in good shape. All electrical outlets must be covered and function properly. Check all light switches to make sure they are working.
ASHI recommends that you test the water pressure in showers, sinks and toilets. It is also a good idea to check that the luminaires and washers are properly attached and that you do not see any signs of leakage or water damage. Your home inspector can help you make sure everything is installed correctly and working properly.
The inspector should check that all appliances in the kitchen are in working order and that the sinks drop, that the exhaust fans ventilate to the outside of the home and that outlets within six meters of the sink have an earth fault circuit breaker, says ASHI. It is also a good idea to be sure that drawers and cabinets are opened and closed and appear to be in good shape.
Ceilings, floors and walls
As long as everything seems level, ASHI proposes to keep an eye on stains or decay and ensure that there are no loose materials or cracks. Your home inspector should be able to identify any problems that may not be easily visible to the naked (or inexperienced) eye.
It is important that your fireplace is inspected by a professional, says the National Fire Protection Association. He or she will confirm that the masonry is intact, make sure there are no stains or cracks on the outside of the stove and confirm that all components are working (smoke, dampers, etc.).
Basement / Foundation
According to ASHI, you should look for signs of water damage in this area. Have the inspector check for signs of mold or mildew. Make sure that there are no cracks, bulges or discoloration in the floors and walls. All exposed foundations must be free from cracks or stains. Your home inspector can also check for signs of insect damage (such as termites) and make sure it is adequately insulated.
Finding a Professional Home Inspector
Working with a professional home inspector can be a great way to help you be aware of any shortcomings or problems in your future home. If you work with real estate agents, they can probably lead you to inspectors in your area. You can find qualified inspectors in your area through ASHI.
Buying a new home can be an exciting time, but it can also come with many steps that can move quickly. If you have questions during a home inspection, be sure to ask the inspector and your real estate professional.