Home inspectors primarily look for signs of problems that could cause structural damage or safety concerns for the prospective buyers. Normally, these problems may or may not be known to you as the home’s current owner. It’s important to know the condition of the home you are preparing to sell to prevent any unpleasant surprises during a sale.
- Roof leaks or other defects either by walking on the roof or from a ladder.
- Doors, windows, and decks on the outside will be examined for breakages and maintenance.
- Driveways and walkways may be inspected.
- Proper rainwater disposal with regards to damage on the house’s foundation.
- Ceilings and walls will be checked for defects and signs of structural damage or water leakage.
- The attic or roof cavity will also be inspected for similar problems including ventilation and insulation.
- The basement and crawl space are an equally important part of the inspection. The foundation walls are inspected to ensure there are no critical weaknesses, signs of water intrusion and other defects.
- The home’s electrical system for shorts or other wiring problems will also be inspected. They test for proper grounding, capacity and size of the electrical panel, and unsafe wiring materials.
- Plumbing will be thoroughly checked. The type of pipes used to ensure that they are functioning correctly and check for adequate water pressure and flow.
- They will inspect all fixtures, toilets, and drains for damage and proper function.
- Heating and air conditioning systems will be checked for functionality and safety. They determine whether or not heating and cooling are distributed to all areas that they should be.
- They may even check for carbon monoxide and possibly advise of any energy conservation tips to use.
It is a legal requirement made by mortgage lenders to inspect all homes for evidence of termites or other wood-destroying insects.