Among other inspections, a professional home inspector will perform the following inspections to your new real estate purchase:
- Site inspection: Inclination, landscaping, exposure to sun and winds.
- Foundation: Wet ground, water damage on the floor, any cracks.
- Outside: Cracks in the walls, condition of siding or exterior paint, condition of roof, gutters and downspouts.
- Electrical system: Fuses, amperage, function test, smoke detectors, home security system.
- Heating and cooling: Air-condition unit, heating system, fans, ducts and vents.
- Appliance functioning: Refrigerator, washer and dryer, dishwasher, ovens, water heater.
- Plumbing: Water pressure, any water leak, insulation on water pipes against cold weather.
- Sewage system: Toilets flush smoothly, condition of pipes.
Roofs have a life expectancy of 25 years. However, you may need to replace in about 15 years if you do not have ideal weather conditions in your area.
- Tiles or shingles in place, (not curled, cracked, or broken).
- Check for signs of roof leakage and possible water damage in the attic.
- A roof is quite expensive to repair. Check its status carefully.
- No major cracks on the floor.
- Floor should be even everywhere (get a ball and let it roll!)
- Doors should open and close freely.
- Support beams strong (no cracks), no termite damage.
- No standing water in foundation.
- Don’t buy any property having structural and elevation problems.
The largest organization on home inspections – American Society of Home Inspectors – has a directory of professionals specialized in home inspection.