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What Your Home Inspection Should Cover


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  • SIDING:  

    Look for dents or buckling

  • FOUNDATIONS:  

    Look for cracks or water seepage

  • EXTERIOR BRICK:  

    Look for cracked bricks or mortar pulling away from bricks

  • INSULATION:  

    Look for condition, adequate rating for climate

  • DOORS AND WINDOWS:  

    Look for loose or tight fits, condition of locks, condition of weatherstripping

  • ROOF:  

    Look for age, conditions of flashing, pooling water, buckled shingles, or loose gutters and downspouts

  • CEILINGS, WALLS, AND MOLDINGS:  

    Look for loose pieces, drywall that is pulling away

  • PORCH/DECK:  

    Loose railings or step, rot

  • ELECTRICAL:  

    Look for condition of fuse box/circuit breakers, number of outlets in each room

  • PLUMBING:  

    Look for poor water pressure, banging pipes, rust spots or corrosion that indicate leaks, sufficient insulation

  • WATER HEATER:  

    Look for age, size adequate for house, speed of recovery, energy rating

  • FURNACE/AIR CONDITIONING:  

    Look for age, energy rating; Furnaces are rated by annual fuel utilization efficiency; the higher the rating, the lower your fuel costs. However, other factors such as payback period and other operating costs, such as electricity to operate motors.

  • GARAGE:  

    Look for exterior in good repair; condition of floor—cracks, stains, etc.; condition of door mechanism

  • BASEMENT:  

    Look for water leakage, musty smell

  • ATTIC:  

    Look for adequate ventilation, water leaks from roof

  • SEPTIC TANKS (if applicable):  

    Adequate absorption field capacity for the percolation rate in your area and the size of your family

  • DRIVEWAYS/SIDEWALKS:  

    Look for cracks, heaving pavement, crumbling near edges, stains



Your Property Wish List  |  Tips for Finding the Perfect Neighborhood  |  The Pros and Cons of Condos 10 Questions to Ask Your Condo Board  |  How High Tech Is Your Home?  |  Hidden Home Defects to Watch For 10 Questions to Ask a Home Inspector  |  What Your Home Inspection Should Cover
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