Home Inspections

The purpose of your personal inspection is only to eliminate those properties that have too many obvious deficiencies. It is not designed to take the place of a professional house inspection.

 

Your Personal Inspection: What to look for

Foundation: Cracks? Apparent shifts in the foundation?
Roof: Does it appear new, old, or of an indeterminate age? Condition?
Evidence of leaks: Inside as well as outside. Check all ceilings and areas around windows.
Basement or crawlspace: Is there dampness? Is there adequate insulation?
Attic: How does the interior of the roof structure look?
Quality and workmanship: In general and in any additions
Apparent energy efficiency: Does the house appear tightly sealed?
Electrical: Any obvious malfunctions?
Plumbing: Any unusual noises or malfunctions?
Appliance condition: What is the age and condition of the stove, dishwasher, refrigerator (if included), etc.?
Heating/cooling system: Does it seem to do the job heating or cooling?
Exterior: Is the house going to need repairs or paint soon?
Lot: Does the drainage appear good–and away from the house?
Lot: Are there any trees encroaching on the roof or foundation?  

RECOMMENDED READING 

Home Inspection Handbook
by
John E. Traister

Paperback – 323 pages (September 1997)
Craftsman Book Company

What to look for in a Professional Home Inspector and Inspection

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