What Your Home Inspection Should Cover

By
Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

1. Siding: Look for dents or buckling

2. Foundations: Look for cracks or water seepage

3. Exterior Brick: Look for cracked bricks or mortar pulling away from bricks

4. Insulation: Look for condition, adequate rating for climate

5. Doors and Windows: Look for loose or tight fits, condition of locks, condition of weatherstripping

6. Roof: Look for age, conditions of flashing, pooling water, buckled shingles, or loose gutters and downspouts

7. Ceilings, walls, and moldings: Look for loose pieces, drywall that is pulling away

8. Porch/Deck: Loose railings or step, rot

9. Electrical: Look for condition of fuse box/circuit breakers, number of outlets in each room

10. Plumbing: Look for poor water pressure, banging pipes, rust spots or corrosion that indicate leaks, sufficient insulation

11. Water Heater: Look for age, size adequate for house, speed of recovery, energy rating

12. Furnace/Air Conditioning: Look for age, energy rating; Furnaces are rated by annual fuel utilization efficiency; the higher the rating, the lower your fuel costs. However, other factors such as payback period and other operating costs, such as electricity to operate motors.

13. Garage: Look for exterior in good repair; condition of floor-cracks, stains, etc.; condition of door mechanism

14. Basement: Look for water leakage, musty smell

15. Attic: Look for adequate ventilation, water leaks from roof

16. Septic Tanks (if applicable): Adequate absorption field capacity for the percolation rate in your area and the size of your family

17. Driveways/Sidewalks: Look for cracks, heaving pavement, crumbling near edges, stains


From Realtor Magazine Online with permission from National Association of Realtors

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