Factors that go into a home inspection report…

By RealtyCrunch IncApril, 29th 2020
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Factors that go into a home inspection report…

Exterior Inspection: The inspector will go through a thorough checklist of items to look for in the outside structure of the house. Below we’ve listed the main items they include:

Exterior walls

  • damages or missing sides
  • cracks
  • if the soil is in very close contact with the bottom of the house that can let in termites

Foundation

  • if it’s not visible, they can check for secondary evidence of foundation issues

Grading

  • whether or not the grading slopes away from the house

Garage or Carport

  • test the garage door to see if it opens/closes
  • check frame to see if is visible
  • is the garage properly ventilated

Roof

  • check areas for roof damage
  • poor installation
  • missing shingles
  • cracks
  • conditions of gutters

Interior Inspection

The inspector will go through a throughout checklist of items to look for in the inside of the house. Below we’ve listed the main items they include:

Plumbing

  • check faucets and showers for visible leaks
  • test the water pressure
  • check visible pipes if they are ok

Electrical

  • kind of wiring the home has
  • test the outlets and make sure they are functional ground fault circuit interrupters

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

  • estimate the age of the furnace and air conditioner /function properly
  • water heater age and if it’s properly installed/condition
  • age of the home’s ducting and condition

Kitchen Appliances

  • check kitchen appliances to make sure they work

Laundry Room

  • if the room is properly vented

Fire Safety

  • test the home’s smoke detectors

Bathrooms

  • visible leaks
  • properly secured toilets
  • adequate ventilation

Sewer

  • This is a big one. If you are buying a house you probably want your sewer "scoped". This tells you if the sewer has issues underground, and how it navigates to the city main line.
  • Often times sewers can have backups, and a scope will tell you what you need to know!
  • Sewer fixes can be expensive, if you find issues you probably want to negotiate a fix in your inspection objection process