A property inspection can be done by the buyer or renter and having a check-list before walking a property is wise.
Property buyers and renters could be in the dark when it comes to buying or renting, and a property inspection could be frightening to a buyer or renter.
These are things to look for before buying or leasing a property.
The following will sometimes require a specialist to detect: Asbestos, Radon, Wood-Destroying Organisms, Mold, Mildew, Fungi, Rodents, and Lead. If you suspect any of the above, then you may want to steer away from the property or hire a specialist that can detect and give a detailed report.
General Home Inspection List
Walls, Roof, Ceilings, Floor, Foundation, Roof leaks, and any signs of fire.
Walls, floors, and ceilings should appear square and flat and without cracks.
The roof should be inspected for layers of shingles and how many layers of shingles are allowed by building code. When is the last time the roof was replaced? Are there signs that the roof could be leaking and damaged? Does the chimney appear to be in good condition? Is the roofing properly sealed where the roofing meets the chimney?
Interior ceilings should not have signs of roof leaks.
The foundation should look in good condition and without cracks.
Signs of fire could be anywhere, but generally look by the cooking stove and any parts of the electrical system. If a wood stove or fireplace is present, be sure to inspect these types of heaters for obvious signs of fire. Inspect wood burners thoroughly, including flu stacks and stove pipes before use and have properly charged fire extinguishers nearby.
Look for signs of flooding and that water appears to drain away from the home/property. This is important especially if your at the low end of a side street. If a house has gutters then they have the job of keeping water away from the house. If the gutters are leaking or need to be cleaned of debris, then there will be areas of water problems. Fences, doors, windows, lights, and exterior receptacles should be in working condition. Tree branches should not be rubbing the house or overhanging the house where varmint can access the property. Large dead tree branches should not be overhanging auto parking areas where a storm could break a large branch and be a potential auto accident.
Vital Home Systems:
Plumbing includes water pipes for hot and cold water through-out the entire property. Copper pipes are the norm in today’s times. Stay away from old galvanized water pipes. Plumbing includes the pipes under sinks. Look for leaks under sinks and possible mold. Plumbing includes toilets and function. If the shower smells like sewer then the home’s sewer line could be clogged due to damage to the sewer line. Old ceramic sewer lines can get tree roots growing in the sewer line so thick with roots that nothing can flow past the roots. Sometimes old ceramic sewer lines and new PVC sewer lines can get crushed from the weight of heavy vehicles driving or parking above these sewer lines. Locate your sewer lines and avoid oversized heavy trucks parking and driving in this area. A good sewer inspection is not cheap and involves the longest snake available. If your snake is too short, you will be charged for an inspection that was short instead of complete. Any signs of shower backing up with sewer odor could be sewer line damage and costly. Run the water in the showers at the beginning of the inspection and check for good drainage a couple hours later.
Water heaters, home heating system, air conditioning, and duct work. There should not be any signs of damage to duct work. When is the last time the water heater or home heating system have been replaced. The age of these two units is important and sometimes negotiable. When arriving for your inspection, you can start running the hot water and the home heater. This way you can come back to these two a half hour later and do a better evaluation and troubleshooting if necessary.
Electrical System: All wiring should be copper and insulation should appear in good condition. Look for signs of arching or burning. More electrical outlets are better than less. Look for remodel where electric work may not be to building code. Bring an electrician to the inspection if you have doubts. Look for modern electric breaker versus old fuse type.
Appliances: Range, oven, microwave, smoke detectors and refrigerator/freezer are basics that usually come with a home. A washer and dryer are a bonus. All appliances should function and can be turned on at the beginning of the inspection to evaluate a half hour later.
Garage: A garage is not always included and can be considered a bonus. Always inspect a garage the same as a home.
Home Inspection Checklist Items Sellers Should Fix:
Roofs that leak with short life expectancy
Foundation inadequate and potential problem
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