What Will a Home Inspector Look For?

Most homebuyers hire the services of a home inspector. A home inspector has the expertise to look at the house and appraise its condition by reviewing several aspects. This allows the homebuyers to contact sellers to request necessary repairs that should be completed before a deal is final.

If you are in the market fora home, you should hire a home inspector. The home inspector will look at the following things:

1.   Mold and Mildew

The home inspector will look for mold and mildew stains. It’s advisable for sellers to preempt the buyers by hiring their own home inspector before the house is even on the market. This will ensure any mold or mildew can be discovered before buyers are involved. If the buyer’s home inspector uncovers it, they may demand that the seller get a professional mold remediation service, which can cost thousands.

2.   Damp Basements and Crawlspaces

The home inspector will also look at the basement and crawl space of the house. They will inspect the walls and floors for mildew patches and damp surfaces. They may use a meter to identify the amount of moisture present in these places. The buildup of moisture attracts insects and deteriorates building materials. Sellers should cover exposed surfaces in the basement and crawlspace with plastic. This will help decrease the moisture level.

Sellers should also clean gutters, move drainage downspouts away from the house, and inspect the water flow via drainage lines. If foundation issues exist and repairs cannot be made, sellers will need to either lower the price or provide buyers with an allowance to make repairs after they sign the contract.

3.   Roof and Chimney

The home inspector willalso inspect the roof for loose, moist, or rotten shingles. If found, buyers may ask the seller to make repairs. Some states require people to hire a home inspector to inspect the roof specifically. They will also inspect the chimney by looking at the fireplace to ensure it functions properly.

4.   Plumbing

The home inspector will inspect the house for leaks as well. The inspector will check the water pressure by turning on several faucets in the bathrooms and kitchen. They will also flush every toilet of the house to ensure no plumbing problem exists. Some home inspectors might even inspect the septic system by flushing down a dye and waiting to see if it surfaces. If it does surface on top of the septic drain field, it indicates a drainage issue.

5.   Electrical Systems

The home inspector will inspect both the circuit breaker configuration and electrical panel. They will search for receptacles with ground fault circuit interrupters in the kitchen and bathrooms. These receptacles have mini-circuit breakers that click off during overload or short circuit. They will look at the receptacles to ensure they are wired correctly.

Other areas of the house that the home inspector inspects include the heating and cooling systems, structure and foundation of the house, and the appliances in the house.

Home inspectors are crucial players in the real estate process because they ensure homes are safe for buyers and that prices are fair. They can help uncover issues that will make or break a real estate deal.

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