As a potential homebuyer, it’s essential to know what to look for during a home inspection to avoid costly surprises down the road. Here are the some things to look for during an inspection:
- Roof – Check for any signs of damage or wear and tear, including missing shingles, leaks, or cracks.
- Foundation – Look for any cracks or signs of settlement in the foundation, which could indicate structural issues.
- Plumbing – Check all faucets, sinks, and toilets for leaks or damage, and ensure the water pressure is adequate.
- Electrical – Make sure all outlets, light switches, and electrical panels are functioning properly and up to code.
- HVAC – Inspect the heating and cooling systems to ensure they are in good working order and free of any leaks or damage.
- Windows and doors – Check for any cracks or damage to windows and doors, and ensure they close and lock correctly.
- Attic and insulation – Look for any signs of moisture or damage in the attic, and ensure the insulation is up to code.
- Appliances – Test all appliances to ensure they are in good working order, including the stove, dishwasher, and refrigerator.
- Exterior – Inspect the exterior of the home for any signs of damage, including cracks, rotting wood, or damage to the siding or stucco.
- Safety features – Check for the presence and proper functioning of smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and other safety features.
- Radon – test for levels of radon gas, which can be harmful if too high.
- Sewer scope – inspect the main sewer line to check for any potential issues or blockages.
By taking the time to thoroughly inspect a home, you can ensure that you are making an informed decision and avoid any costly surprises down the road. This list is not all inclusive and is provided as a starting point.
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Rob Thompson, Realtor®, MBA, The Agency Colorado Springs