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  • Writer's pictureRob Byrne

What Home Inspectors Look For During an Inspection ?

When you're buying a home, one of the critical steps in the process is the home inspection. A thorough home inspection can reveal potential issues and give you a clearer picture of the property's condition. But what exactly do home inspectors look for during an inspection? Here’s an overview of the key areas that we evaluate.

Foundation and Framing: We check the foundation for cracks, settling, or other signs of structural issues and we will examine the framing of the house to ensure it is solid and free from defects.

Roofing: We look for signs of damage such as missing or broken shingles, leaks, and the condition of the gutters and downspouts. We also will assess the overall age of the roof and estimates its remaining life expectancy.

Siding and Paint: The condition of the exterior walls, including the paint and siding, is evaluated. Signs of rot, decay, or moisture intrusion are red flags.

Windows and Doors: We ensure that windows and doors are functional and check for drafts, broken seals, or damage.

Grading and Drainage: Proper grading around the house is crucial to prevent water from seeping into the foundation. We will check the slope of the ground and the effectiveness of the drainage systems.

Walls, Ceilings, and Floors: We look for cracks, stains, or other signs of structural damage. The condition of the floors, including any unevenness, is also assessed.

Stairways and Railings: We ensure that stairways and railings are secure and meet safety standards.

Electrical Systems

Wiring and Panels: The home’s electrical system, including wiring, panels, breakers, and outlets, is inspected for safety and functionality. We check for outdated or unsafe wiring practices.

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs): These are essential in areas with water exposure, such as kitchens and bathrooms. We verify their presence and proper operation.

Plumbing Systems

Pipes and Fixtures: We look for leaks, corrosion, and adequate water pressure. We also check the condition of pipes, faucets, and toilets.

Water Heater: The age, condition, and proper installation of the water heater are evaluated, along with checking for any leaks or signs of wear.

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Furnace and Air Conditioner: The HVAC system is inspected for age, efficiency, and proper operation.

Ductwork: We ensure the ductwork is clean and properly sealed, which is crucial for efficient heating and cooling.

Attic and Basement

Insulation and Ventilation: Proper insulation and ventilation in the attic are vital for energy efficiency and preventing moisture issues. We check for adequate insulation and signs of pests.

Basement: We look for signs of moisture, mold, or mildew, which can indicate water intrusion issues. The structural integrity of basement walls is also assessed.

Built-in Appliances: Any built-in appliances, such as ovens, dishwashers, and garbage disposals, are checked for proper operation.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: We ensure that these detectors are present, functional, and correctly placed throughout the home.

Fireplaces and Chimneys: If applicable, we check the condition and safety of fireplaces and chimneys, including the flue and damper operation.

A home inspection is a comprehensive review of the property's condition, aimed at identifying potential issues that could affect its safety, functionality, and value. Understanding what inspectors look for can help you better prepare for the process and make informed decisions during your home buying journey. Whether you're a buyer or a seller, a thorough inspection is crucial for peace of mind and financial security.

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