Home Buying: Home Inspection

One inspection that a “good” agent will push for the buyer’s to have is a home inspection. The reason why a home inspection is so important is because it can give you much more detailed information about the condition of the property. The home inspection should cover the foundation, roof, exterior surfaces, doors and windows, electrical, plumbing, insulation, appliances, heater and air conditioner. Other items that are inspected or can be inspected are the driveway/sidewalk, outbuildings, porches/patios/decks/balconies.

With a home inspections, hidden defects can be discovered. The inspector will watch for water leaks, evidence of a shifting foundation, drainage issues, termites, roof wear and tear, inadequate wiring, plumbing problems.

Overall, the homes inspection should cover the following:

  • Siding
  • Foundations
  • Exterior
  • Insulation
  • Doors and windows
  • Roof
  • Ceilings, walls, and moldings
  • Porch/deck/patios/balconies
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Water heater
  • Heating and air conditioning
  • Garage
  • Driveways/sidewalk
  • Smoke detectors and CO2 detectors

Upon receiving the report, read through it and make sure you understand everything is covered. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact your home inspector.

Home Inspections

Your home inspection should cover the structural elements of the home, including:

  • Foundation
  • Roof
  • Exterior surfaces
  • Doors and windows
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Insulation
  • Appliances
  • Heating/air-conditioning

Outdoor elements should also be inspected:

  • Driveway’s, sidewalls
  • Other buildings to be conveyed with the property
  • Porches, patios, balconies
  • Septic tanks

Ten Questions to Ask a Home Inspector

  1. What are your qualifications? Are you a member of the American Association of Home Inspectors?
  2. Do you have a current license? Inspectors are not required to be licensed in every state
  3. How many inspections of properties such as this do you do each year?
  4. Do you have a list of past clients I can contact?
  5. Do you carry professional errors and omission insurance? May I have a copy of the policy?
  6. Do you provide any guarantees of your work?
  7. What specifically will the inspection cover?
  8. What type of report will I receive after the inspection?
  9. How long will the inspection take and how long will it take to receive the report?
  10. How much will the inspection cost?