What Your Home Inspection Should Cover

This list covers the major points a home inspection should cover.

 

Siding:   Look for dents or buckling
 

Foundations:   Look for cracks or water seepage


Exterior Brick:   Look for cracked bricks or mortar pulling away from bricks


Insulation:   Look for condition, adequate rating for climate (the higher the R value, the more effective

the insulation is)


Doors and Windows:   Look for loose or tight fits, condition of locks, condition of weatherstripping


Roof:   Look for age, conditions of flashing, pooling water, buckled shingles, or loose gutters and downspouts


Ceilings, walls, and moldings:   Look for loose pieces, dry wall that is pulling away


Porch/Deck:   Loose railings or step, rot


Electrical:   Look for condition of fuse box/circuit breakers, number of outlets in each room


Plumbing:   Look for poor water pressure, banging pipes, rust spots or corrosion that indicate leaks, insufficient insulation


Water Heater:   Look for age, size adequate for house, speed of recovery, energy rating


Furnace/Air Conditioning:   Look for age, energy rating. Furnaces are rated by annual fuel utilization efficiency; the higher the rating, the lower your fuel costs. However, consider factors like payback period and other operating costs, such as the electricity to operate motors. 


Garage:   Look for exterior in good repair, condition of floor—cracks, stains, etc., condition of door mechanism


Basement:   Look for water leakage, musty smell


Attic:   Look for adequate ventilation, water leaks from roof 


Septic Tanks (if applicable):   Adequate absorption field capacity for the percolation rate in your area and the size of your family


Driveways/Sidewalks:   Look for cracks, heaving pavement, crumbling near edges, stains

Real Estate Agent
 

Brandon Swisher


240-440-4614     RealtorBSwish@gmail.com