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.