24 Jul Home Inspection Checklist
What a Home Inspector Looks for – and what’s not included
If you are in the process of purchasing a home then you were well aware of the home inspection. This is important step in knowing everything you can about the home you are about to buy. You may be wondering what will a home inspector look for when reviewing a home. Home inspectors typically have a checklist of items that they are required to look at when reviewing home. Here is a list of some of the most important items that the home inspector will look for.
Home Inspection Checklist:
The inspector will walk around the exterior of your potential home and look for any issues or problems with the masonry, siding, vinyl, stucco or paint such as cracks, decay, rot and other problems.
The inspector should use a ladder to survey the roof properly. Shingle issues such as warping or visible mold can be determined. The gutters will also be checked out for cracks and leaks. If the home has a chimney or skylight the inspector will check the flashing to make sure it is sealed properly.
You need to know if the foundation of the home is solid and that the window and door frames are square. This is very important when buying any type of home especially in older one. Uneven doors or windows could indicate a problem with the home’s foundation.
Doors, windows and trim
During inspection the doors and windows will be checked for proper closing and opening as well as having the proper seals. The proper functioning of all of these items is imperative to keeping the a/c or heat air inside where it belongs.
Inspectors don’t just look at the homes interior and exterior, they also check out the yard surrounding the home. The walkways, driveways, patios or decks will all be checked for any issues.
The inspector will check out the plumbing inside the home by making sure there are no leaks when turning faucets on and off, flushing toilets and running dishwashers and washers.
The key to any proper electrical work is the electrical panel. During the inspection the panel will be checked to make sure it is in good shape as well as outlets and lighting in and around the home. The inspector will be able to tell if these items are up to safety code standards.
Walls and flooring will be looked at or any issues or staining. The inspector will also make sure that the home has proper insulation and venting.
Many families spend a lot a lot of time in the kitchen and you want to make sure it is safe. The inspector will check for GFCI outlets in the kitchen and make sure that there are no leaks under the sink.
When it comes to the bathroom you want to make sure that the toilets flush properly, that there are no leaks and that showers spray and drain properly. The electrical in the bathroom will also be looked at for the proper GFCI outlets.
A good home inspection is key to knowing a lot more about how the home works as well as uncovering issues that may have been hidden during your initial home viewing. For your own knowledge you should also accompany the inspector while they are looking at the home. We hope you found this home inspection checklist helpful. When you are ready for a home inspection call the experts at All In the Family Home Inspections.