One Avenue Inspection is the premiere Phoenix home inspection provider. Working with real estate agents, property managers and some of the largest real estate companies in the City. Because we do our very best to help realtors with every aspect of the job, we’ve decided to start a little ‘How To’ section of our blog to use as a resource.
Guide your clients through a home inspection
Today we are going to guide you through how to guide your clients through a home inspection. So let’s take it step by step!
Step 1: Foundation
Take your client around the house looking at the base of the walls and the ceilings in each room. Are there obvious cracks or apparent shifts in the foundation? Do the same around the outside. Are there any trees encroaching on the foundation?
Step 2: Lot
After looking at the foundation, you’ll want to take a look at the lot itself. Does the drainage appear to be away from the house? Are there any obvious soggy areas?
Step 3: Roof
A major part of a home inspection is the roof. What is the overall condition? When was it last replaced? Are there any trees encroaching on it?
Step 4: Exterior
You may want to check around and see if the exterior of the home needs repairs or repainting. Make sure that all gutters and downspouts are firmly attached.Check for loose boards or dangling wires. Is there asbestos in the exterior material, which would require added costs if it needed to be repaired or replaced?
Step 5: Attic
Check out the roof structure of the interior. How does it look? You will want to check for any leaks that may have occurred.
Step 6: Interior Evidence of Leaks
Go to each room and check the ceilings, and around the windows for leaks. It’s never good to have leaks that could lead to mold.
Step 7: Basement
If there is a basement you will want to take the client down there and check for dampness and adequate insulation. If there’s a crawl space instead of a basement, you might want to leave this for the professional home inspection.
Step 8: Electrical
Go around and check switches for any malfunctions. Check for ungrounded outlets. Look at the panel of the breaker box and make sure it is up to date and has room for additional appliances or remodels.
Step 9: Plumbing
Listen for any unusual noises and check for plumbing malfunctions. Check the sewer line to see if it has been scoped for potential cracks.
Step 10: Appliances
Take a good look at the appliances if they are included. Check to see how old they are and if they operate well.
Step 11: Heating/cooling system
Do the heating and cooling systems work adequately? You’ll want to find out the age of the furnace. If the system was converted at any point check for old tanks or systems.
Step 12: Odor
Walk around the house and take a good whiff of each room. If it smells bad, try to find the source and take care of whatever the stench is coming from. Beware of musty odors which could signal a wet basement.
Call One Avenue Inspection today
Now that you’ve walked your client through the inspection, it’s time to call the experts. One Avenue is always here to help. Give us a call at 623.299.2142 or visit our Contact page!