You can’t rely on the inspection report provided by the seller alone because the seller may have picked an inspector who was unable to identify all problems, existing or potential ones. So, go all out in your first home buy by ordering a home inspection before making a final decision. However, make sure that you are getting a good home inspector who will go over the house from top to bottom. A good home inspection should include not only a visual assessment of the structure and systems but also the operational aspects. Here is a checklist that an inspector should follow:
A check of the house’s structure should include entry ways, foundations, siding and porches. The inspector should take note of problems such as gapping roof lines, damage to the siding, signs of rot or insect damage and cracks in the foundations, among others.
The inspector should visually evaluate decks, balconies, eaves and fascias to check out if there are drainage issues, deterioration in walkways and driveways, and more. The inspector should also look at the vegetation surrounding house for problems such as intrusion of roots near the foundation or buried utilities. The electric garage door should also be looked at to see if it complies with existing safety standards.
Make sure the roof inspector is able to estimate the life of a roof because the age of the roof may be as good an indication of its condition as an actual visual inspection. The inspection should also include, if possible, the roof drainage system, skylights and roof penetration (for vents and flues).
This inspection should include the interior water supply and distribution system including water pressure, water heating equipment and the vents and flues. A good inspection will flush the toilet to check for leaks and open all faucets to determine water pressure.
Items to check include over current protections, grounding, and the presence of any aluminium wiring, which is a fire hazard. Several switches and outlets in the houses should also be checked out.
The inspection should include a visual scan the floors, walls and ceilings to check for signs of water intrusion or sagging. Several windows and doors should be checked to see if they are easy to operate. In addition, stairways and railings should be evaluated for safety.
Insulation in the attic and the foundation area should be checked because poor insulation could lead to rot, mould, bad air quality and excessive energy usage. The inspector should check out for presence of a good ventilation system in the attic and other high humidity areas like bathrooms and kitchens.
A thorough inspection makes up a good inspection because a home buyer will glean a lot of useful information that can be used in the decision making process. Buying a home is a major investment and you need to get every piece of knowledge you can to make an informed decision.