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Top 12 Areas of a Home to Inspect

Home inspections are crucial to buying and selling a home. People want to know that the house they are potentially buying or selling is going to be a reliable home. To have a general idea of the state of the home, there are certain areas you can inspect yourself. Here are the most important areas of a home to inspect:

  1. The foundation. Look on the inside and outside of the home for any cracks or shifting in the walls and ceilings demonstrating a problem with the foundation.
  2. The lot. Check to be sure that water drains away and not towards the home. You do not want unexpected flooding.
  3. The roof. Look to see if it is in good condition or is deteriorating. Check for any trees that may cause damage to the roof.
  4. The exterior. Determine whether a new paint job is needed, if there are any repairs that have to be made, if the gutters and downspouts are in good order, and if all the wires and boards are attached properly.
  5. The attic. This will give you a better idea of the condition of the roof. Check for any leaks.
  6. Interior leaking. See if the ceilings or the walls have any sings of water coming through. The area around windows should be checked as well.
  7. The basement. The basement should not be damp and it should be well insulated, not allowing heat or cold air to come in or out.
  8. The electrical system. The electric panel should be capable of additional appliances to cover those you may want to add. Make sure all of the switches and outlets work and are safe.
  9. The plumbing system. See if the sinks, toilets, and showers all drain properly. There should be no odd sounds.
  10. The appliances. Any refrigerators, stoves, washers, or dryers should be tested and looked at. Find out their age and if they have any damage.
  11. The heating and cooling systems. Determine what systems are being used and when they were installed. Check to see if they bring the house to the temperature you desire.
  12. The smell. Bad odors in the home indicate some type of problem. Figure out if it is a fixable problem.

Going through this list is not to be done in replacement of hiring an actual home inspector. But if there are too many areas that seem to be in need of fixing, then it will save you some money from having to hire an inspector for that specific home.

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