Hiring a home inspector can be a major benefit when purchasing a home. Home inspectors save you time and money by searching for imperfections in your property. The last thing you want to do is purchase a home that needs a new roof or worse has cracked foundation and not know about it. After all, appearances can be deceiving.
What does a home inspector look for?
There are over a thousand different items on the list that home inspectors are supposed to look for. A home inspector’s findings can help home buyers decide whether to purchase the property or not. Most offers are contingent on a home inspection.
A typical home inspector checklist
Below is a reduced version of what they will look for.
- Grounds: Home inspectors are looking for current or future water issues such as faulty grading or downspouts. They inspect and evaluate pathways, retaining walls, sheds, and railings.
- Structure: They check to see if the house foundation solid- appears straight, plumb, with no significant cracks. Home Inspectors check for straight walls not bowed or sagging. Along with making sure that the windows and door frames are square.
- Roof: Inspectors check for deteriorating shingles and other roof coverings. They see if there are ceiling drips, loose gutters and chimney defects along with making sure flashing around the base of the chimney is watertight, and that mortar and bricks are in good condition. They will ensure that there are no branches or bushes touching house or overhanging the roof
- Exterior: The home inspector will look for siding cracks, rot, or decay; cracking or flaking masonry; cracks in stucco; dents or bowing in vinyl; blistering or flaking paint; and adequate clearing between siding and earth, which should be a minimum of 6 inches to avoid damage from moisture
- Window, doors, trim: Check Wood frames and trim pieces are secure, no cracks, rot or decay. Along with seeing if the Joints around frames are caulked.
- Interior rooms: Inspectors are concerned about leaning walls; stained ceilings; insulation behind the walls; and insufficient heating vents that could make a room cold and drafty. Inspectors check Paint, wall covering, and panelling in good condition
- Kitchen: Inspectors make sure exhaust fans vent outside; ground fault circuit interrupter protection exists for electrical outlets. no leaks occur under the sink, and cabinet doors and drawers operate properly.
- Bathrooms: Inspectors want to see toilets flushing, drains draining, and tubs securely fastened. They check for the conditions of the caulking and evidence of leakage.
- Plumbing: Inspectors are evaluating pipes, drains, water heaters, and water pressure and temperature.
- Electrical: Inspectors will check if the visible wiring and electrical panels are in good shape, light switches work correctly, and there are enough outlets in each room.