When selling your home, a home inspection checklist is a necessity. One Avenue Inspection is in the business of expert home inspections, but also in educating home owners. A home inspection report reveals problems in all systems of a house.
Hired by the buyer, an inspector examines the house thoroughly for non-functioning systems, damages, and repairs that may be needed. Their detailed report forms the basis for continuing with the purchase, renegotiating the sale price, allowing the seller to make repairs, or for pulling out of the sale. A home inspection is recommended on purchases of new construction as well as re-sales and is a critical component of an escrow timeline. The following is a technical breakdown of what an inspector looks for in your home.
A home inspector climbs onto the roof, pokes at the foundation, and crawls into attic space looking for water condensation or penetration. On homes in hurricane zones, we will examine roof trusses to be sure they’re connected to the frame as per code. Walls are examined for leakage or mold. Floor cracks are noted, as is separation from the baseboards. The ceilings, especially around electrical fixtures, must be clear of any signs of water leakage.
Close inspection of the exterior may reveal where additional caulking is needed to prevent water seepage. Broken seals on glass, deteriorating tread steps, decking and settlement cracks are a few of the items that require professional repair. Even the garage door is tested whether it’s electronic or manual.
The roof is examined closely for loose shingles or tiles, and the flashing is tested for tightness. Tree limbs touching the house provide a passageway for rodents and can threaten the house during violent storms. Gutter debris is noted, and all drains are tested for a tight connection to the house. Skylights and chimneys also are examined for proper sealants.
All piping is tested, including drains, vents and waste systems. Water ingress and egress is examined, as are the interior fuel, water distributors, and the sump pump, if present. All drains are examined for signs of leakage, mineral deposits, and proper filtering apparatuses. Inspectors may test the water for bacteria.
All the electrical components are examined to ensure fit and are safe operation. Conductors, grounding equipment and distribution panels are tested for efficient operation. The location of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are also noted in the inspection report.
The entire heating and air conditioning system is tested, and the appropriate filters are examined for accumulation. Supply pipes are examined for corrosion. Chimneys must be clear of bird nests, and the chimney frame, whether it’s brick or made of other components, must be sound.
Attic crawl, space insulation, and vapor retarders are noted on the inspection report. All venting fans that aren’t working also are included. Under-floor insulation, if accessible through a basement, is examined for deterioration.
Doors, floors, stairways, counters, cabinetry, and windows are all cited on the inspection report. This also includes testing of all interior appliances that are built-in or included in the purchase contract.
Remember, keep things in perspective. As experienced home inspector experts, we are here to work with you and to make your job easier. There is no need to under-analyze any problems that are discovered. Problems can be repaired and so can major systems. The last thing you want to do is put too much attention on the problem and allow the buyer to forget why they wanted the property in the first place. Give us a call if you have a quick home question- we are here to help!