One of the biggest misconceptions surrounding home inspections is that your home can fail. This is simply not true. You cannot fail per se, but rather it’s an inspection to see if any changes need to be made before you sell your home or move into a new one. Even though you may have lived comfortably in your home, despite its quirks, potential buyers may not have the same outlook. In some cases, it might even lead to a hazard like missing roof shingles, an electrical outlet might not be working correctly, etc. Fixing these issues will increase your chances of selling the home, and you might be able to get some of that money back in the sale. Here’s a general checklist of what our home inspectors will be looking for when they come to your house.

● The Exterior: On the outside, the inspector will see how well the gutters and downspouts are attached, so water isn’t running off into the house. The siding will be checked for the same reason. Are they any pieces missing or damaged?

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● The Roof: They will check to make sure the roof is intact, including missing shingles, dark spots, stains, mold, and more. They will verify when the last time the roof has maintenance.

● The Foundation: The foundation will be closely examined. They will inspect for any cracks that might indicate the house is setting. This includes checking if a tree is too close to the home or if the ground seems sunken.

● The Windows & Doors: How easily can the doors and windows be used? The doors and windows need to operate smoothly without being misaligned. The inspector will verify that there’s no moisture building up around the frames or panes.

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● The Smells: Smells can be off putting to any potential buyer, but you can become nose-blind to those smells if you’re around them daily. The inspector will be an unbiased nose who can point out any unusual smells like mold and mildew.

● The Attic & Basement: These areas will be checked for any access moisture and the insulation, especially if they’re unfinished.

● The Plumbing: The most significant thing your inspector will be looking for any leaked pipes might have. They’ll see how much pressure is in the lines and the age of the current water heater.

● The Electrical: How are the outlets and switches throughout the house? How old are the circuit breakers or fuse boxes? How old is the wiring in the house?

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● The Heating & Cooling: How old is the heating and cooling system? They will ask you when you had the systems serviced, what kind it is (oil, propane, etc.), and more.

While these are generalized inspection points, they won’t be the only kind. The inspection may vary depending on the age of the house and why you need the inspection done. If you have any questions, please give us a call!