Buying a home is a big decision, and one that you shouldn’t make without the proper guidance. That’s where home inspectors come in. Not only do they provide an impartial view of a property, but they can also point out any potential issues that you might miss when touring on your own. In this blog post, we will outline the top 5 things home inspectors look for when inspecting a property. This information will help you make an informed decision about whether or not to hire a home inspector and help protect your investment moving forward.
A Property’s Land
1. The size, shape, and layout of the property
2. The condition of the foundation and framing
3. Whether the property has been updated in recent years
4. Whether any hazardous materials are present
5. The electrical wiring and plumbing
1. The exterior of the property- inspectors look for signs of weathering, damage and neglect. They also inspect the roof, windows and doors for proper seals and installation.
2. The structure- inspectors check for plumbing and electrical systems that are in working order, as well as any heating or cooling issues.
3. The interior- inspectors look for potential problems with the foundation, framing and flooring. They also assess the condition of walls, roofs and ceilings to ensure no water is leaking or coming in contact with sensitive areas.
1. Roofing system: A properly installed and maintained roofing system can protect your home from damage in the event of a storm or hail storm. Home inspectors will check to see if the roof is properly covered and if any shingles are missing, damaged, or in need of replacement.
2. Foundation: A stable foundation is necessary for a stable home. Home inspectors will inspect the footing, foundation wall systems, and basement walls for signs of instability or movement.
3. Water infiltration: In high- moisture areas like the Florida Keys, water infiltration may be an indication of a potential problem with the structure such as rot or drywall failure. Inspectors look for signs of wet spots on ceilings, floors, walls, and other places where water may accumulate.
4. Electrical systems: Home inspectors will check to see if all electrical outlets and switches are working correctly as well as checking to see if any wiring is exposed or damaged. They also look for signs of fire hazards such as faulty smoke detectors or overloaded electrical circuits
When inspecting a property, home inspectors look for any potential problems with the siding. This includes checking for physical damage, signs of water infiltration, and if the siding is properly sealed against weather damage. In many cases, failing to check these factors can lead to costly repairs down the line.
Windows and Doors
Windows and doors are two important parts of a house that need to be in working order in order for the homeowner to be able to enjoy their home. Windows and doors can both provide ventilation and thermal comfort, so it is important for them to be installed correctly. Home inspectors look for several things when inspecting a property’s windows and doors, including:
-The window sills should be level with the ground. If they are not, the window will not open or close properly.
-The trim around the window should be straight and meet at a perfect angle. If it is not, wind or rain could cause damage.
-The casement or double-hung windows should have tight seals around the window panes. If they do not, drafts can enter the home and create problems like condensation on the inside of the glass, which can damage furniture or walls.
-All windows and door frames should be painted white or covered in an approved weatherproofing material such as caulking or sealant. This will help reduce energy costs by reducing heat loss through openings in walls or roofs.