Important things to look out for on a home inspection.

Real Estate Agent with Elizabeth Leanza Synergy Realty - Realtor 342707

Important items to look out for on your home inspection report.

A home inspection is a crucial step in the home buying process, as it can help identify potential issues or repairs needed before finalizing the purchase. Here are some key things to look out for during a home inspection:

1. Structural issues: Check for signs of structural problems, such as cracks in the foundation, walls, or ceilings. These issues may indicate a compromised structural integrity and could be costly to repair.

2. Roof condition: Inspect the roof for missing, loose, or damaged shingles, as well as signs of water damage or leaks. Check the attic for proper insulation, ventilation, and signs of moisture.

3. Plumbing system: Look for signs of leaks, corrosion, or damage to pipes and fixtures. Check water pressure, and ensure that the water heater is in good working order and has adequate capacity for the home.

4. Electrical system: Inspect the electrical panel for proper labeling, capacity, and any signs of overloaded circuits. Check for proper grounding and the presence of GFCI outlets in areas exposed to water, such as kitchens and bathrooms.

5. Heating and cooling systems: Evaluate the age and condition of the HVAC system, and ensure that it is functioning properly. Inspect filters, ductwork, and vents for cleanliness and proper airflow.

6. Windows and doors: Check for proper sealing, signs of water damage, and any broken or cracked glass. Inspect door frames and window sills for signs of rot or damage.

7. Appliances: Test all included appliances to ensure they are in good working order. Check for signs of wear and tear, as well as any recalls or safety concerns.

8. Exterior: Inspect siding, gutters, and downspouts for damage or signs of water intrusion. Check for proper grading and drainage around the home to prevent water damage to the foundation.

9. Pest or insect issues: Look for signs of infestation or damage from pests such as termites, carpenter ants, or rodents. Inspect wood structures for signs of rot or decay.

10. Mold or mildew: Inspect the home for signs of mold or mildew, particularly in areas with high moisture levels, such as basements, bathrooms, and kitchens. Mold can pose health risks and may require professional remediation.

It's essential to hire a professional, licensed home inspector to conduct a thorough inspection of the property. They will provide you with a detailed report outlining any issues or concerns that should be addressed before finalizing the purchase. This report can be used as a negotiating tool to request repairs or a price reduction, if necessary.

Elizabeth Leanza, Synergy Realty - Realtor


Comments (4)

George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Elizabeth Leanza a home inspection is worth every penny a Buyer spends on one.

Apr 16, 2023 03:18 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Elizabeth Leanza these are very valuable list of important things to look out on a home inspection.

Apr 16, 2023 05:12 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

A home inspection is so critical in the home-buying process. Great post to guide buyers what to expect.

Apr 16, 2023 07:24 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Elizabeth - it's nice to "see" you on the blog roll after a bit of a posting break with this always-important topic.  Besides learning more about the property you are purchasing, there is a puzzle of sorts that comes together through the process.  

Apr 17, 2023 05:12 AM