Even though home inspections are not mandatory when buying or selling a house, you’d be amazed what such a process can reveal about the house. It may be an optional procedure but you should definitely not overlook it.
A home inspector examines certain elements and components of the house and include the findings in a report. The report specifies whether the problem in a safety issue, a minor defect or a major defect. It also specifies which items need to be replaced and which should rather be repaired. Also, the inspector notes the items that don’t present a problem at the moment but should be monitored closely.
The home inspector will focus on certain key elements. For example, the exterior walls. This could reveal cracks, missing siding or possible damage from insects. The inspector also checks the garage door to see if it opens and closes properly and if the garage is properly ventilated. Another element on the list is the roof which could be damaged in some areas or have loose shingles.
Inside the house, the inspector checks the following elements:
- the plumbing. He or she will check all the faucets and showers, will look for leaks , test the water pressure, will identify the type of pipes the house has.
- the electrical work. An inspector checks the electrical panel and outlets for safety issues and is able to identify the type of wiring the home has.
- the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system. The inspector examines the air conditioner and furnace if it’s the case, estimates their age and informs you of any leaks and issues.
- fire safety. This includes the examination and testing of the smoke detectors and the home in general in order to identify and potential fire hazards. For example, a laundry room with a poorly-maintained dryer-exhaust system is a problem, especially if it’s poorly vented.