It doesn't matter if you're the buyer or seller in the home owning process, you will probably have to hear from an inspector before the deal is complete.
So, what exactly does a home inspector check? While an inspector has over 1,600 items to check during their inspection, here are 10 general categories on the checklist.
- Grounds - they are looking for current or future problems around the outside of the home. This includes standing water, faulty grading or downspouts, pathways, retaining walls, sheds, and general health of trees and shrubs. Basically, they are looking for any red flags that might impact the house at a later date.
- Structure - is the foundation solid? Are door and window frames square? Is the house sloping? This part of the inspection is extremely important for older homes. You can never be too careful about the overall structure of a home, especially an older one.
- Roof - the inspector will look at the age of the roof, and see if there are any defects on the shingles, flashing, fascia, or anything else that could cause leaks inside the home.
- Exterior Exam - this is when the inspector looks at the condition of the exterior of the home itself. They will look at the siding to see how old it is and what shape it is in. The inspector will also look at cracks in the stucco (if that is the exterior), dents in the vinyl, blistering and flaking paint, and proper clearing between the siding and the ground.
- Windows, Doors, Trim - the inspector will make sure that the windows are sealed properly, and there is no rot in the frames. Basically, anything that could allow heat or cool air to escape is what is on their radar at this point in the checklist.
- Interior Rooms - finally! they made it inside the house. The inspector will look at walls to make sure they are structurally sound, ceilings to make sure there is no water damage, and sufficient vents to keep each room the same temperature as the rest of the house.
- Kitchen - this gets a special category in the checklist. Hood fans should vent to the exterior, ground-fault circuit interrupters exist, no leaks under the sink and cabinets and drawers operate properly.
- Bathrooms - these rooms are all about water flow. Inspectors make sure the toilets flush, drains are actually draining, showers are spraying, and tubs are securely fastened.
- Plumbing - the evaluation of pipes, drains, water heaters, water pressure, and temperature of the water is what gets looked at in this step. They will also double-check everything to make sure there is no visible water damage.
- Electric - inspectors want to know that electric panels are in good, working order. Light switches and HVAC systems should also be working correctly, and there should be enough electric outlets in each room.
Remember, an inspection is mandatory when you're working with a mortgage lender. They want to ensure that it is a solid investment, without any surprises. If you're still not comfortable with the home-owning process, don't worry! The Agents at Robinson and Co Realty are here to help. We will walk you through every step of the process to make you feel comfortable. After all, buying a home is exciting! We want to give that feeling back to you. Call us today to get started on finding your dream home (970) 858-9870.