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From the inbox: what should I look for in a home inspection?

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:

  1. Roof – Check for any signs of damage or wear and tear, including missing shingles, leaks, or cracks.
  2. Foundation – Look for any cracks or signs of settlement in the foundation, which could indicate structural issues.
  3. Plumbing – Check all faucets, sinks, and toilets for leaks or damage, and ensure the water pressure is adequate.
  4. Electrical – Make sure all outlets, light switches, and electrical panels are functioning properly and up to code.
  5. HVAC – Inspect the heating and cooling systems to ensure they are in good working order and free of any leaks or damage.
  6. Windows and doors – Check for any cracks or damage to windows and doors, and ensure they close and lock correctly.
  7. Attic and insulation – Look for any signs of moisture or damage in the attic, and ensure the insulation is up to code.
  8. Appliances – Test all appliances to ensure they are in good working order, including the stove, dishwasher, and refrigerator.
  9. Exterior – Inspect the exterior of the home for any signs of damage, including cracks, rotting wood, or damage to the siding or stucco.
  10. Safety features – Check for the presence and proper functioning of smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and other safety features.
  11. Radon – test for levels of radon gas, which can be harmful if too high.
  12. 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.

If I can help with buying or selling a home, please let me know!

Rob Thompson, Realtor®, MBA, The Agency Colorado Springs