Ace The Inspection
The Important Questions
Once you have found your dream home, an important step in the buying process is a home inspection. Unfortunately, your new home isn’t accident-proof, so you’ll want to address potential hazards before signing on the dotted line.
It’s important to be present during the inspection so you can learn all there is to know about your new home. Not sure what to ask the inspector about? Home inspections generally look at a standard list of features in a home, but we’ve compiled a list of important things to pay attention to and questions to ask during the process.
Evaluate the exterior of your new home. How does it look? Do the sides of the house appear straight and level? Do the windows and door frames appear level and intact? Are there any signs of rot or decay? Is the exterior paint job in good condition? Is there any loose, missing, or rotten siding? Do the gutters appear to be in working order? What condition is the roof in?
Does the electrical wiring appear to be up to code? Do all the light fixtures and ceiling fans work? Is visible wiring in good condition with no exposed splices? Are the circuit breakers and electrical outlets fully functional?
Does the water heater show any signs of rust or poor ventilation? Does the water pump turn off and on too frequently (known as short cycling)? Are there any damaged or leaking pipes? Is there sufficient water pressure? Are toilets, sinks, bathtubs, and showers functioning?
KITCHEN AND APPLIANCES
Do the cabinet drawers and doors open and close properly with all attached hinges and pulls? Does the garbage disposal work and is it rust-free? Do the appliances work? Are there any signs of water damage?
Is there proper drainage away from the house? Is there any evidence of septic leaks or standing water? Are there any trees with large branches hanging over or touching the home? Is the driveway and sidewalk in good condition? Are the railings and landings on any decks or patios strong and secure?
Is there noticeable mold or mildew? Does the foundation show any signs of water damage? Is there any evidence of insect damage or pest issues?
ATTIC & GARAGE
Is there proper ventilation and insulation? Is the foundation solid with no cracking? Does the garage door work? Are the outlets functioning?
Before the inspection, know your deal breakers. Have a good idea of what home repairs you can realistically afford should they arise. The final inspection report will likely show a number of deficiencies — don’t be alarmed! These reports are meant to be highly detailed. The results of the inspection allow you to negotiate with the seller to either complete repairs or lower the price. The inspection process may seem daunting, but it allows you to move into your new home with total peace of mind.
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