If you’re thinking of selling your home or just want to keep up with your home’s maintenance needs, we are here to tell you what it is that home inspectors look for. Check out these home inspection tips to ensure your home is up to date and ready to sell!
Plumbing issues are one of the most common problems that come up during an inspection. Make sure to check for any kind of leaking around any exposed pipes. If the home was built in the 70’s, 80’s or early 90’s, it might have polybutylene-based plumbing. This kind of plumbing has been known to become faulty over time. Neglecting this type of plumbing could result in an expensive repair.
Another major problem that an inspector might look for is if the electrical system is up to code. Electrical issues that are easy to spot are outlets that are loose or that don’t work. Inspectors will also point out if key outlets aren’t “GFCI” outlets. “Ground fault circuit interrupter” is a device that shuts off an electric circuit when it detects that current is flowing along an unintended path, possibly through water or through a person. It is used to reduce the risk of electric shock. These types of outlets are now a requirement in most homes. Another electrical issue that is very important to look out for is improperly wired breaker boxes with breakers that aren’t the right size or don’t fit. Many older houses have breaker boxes that need new wiring because most homes now a days use up a lot more electricity than they did lets say, 20-30 years ago.
If you’re the kind of homeowner that has done your basic maintenance and has done things such as exchanging your filters, you shouldn’t have much to worry about when it comes to your heating and air conditioning units. If you’ve been the kind of homeowner to neglect doing this kind of maintenance, it’s probable that you will have units that will have excessive wear and tear. Any leaks in the unit or the piping could result in a dangerous gas leak, or even carbon monoxide poisoning. This is why heating and air conditioning units are a critical inspection point in most inspections.
Problems in the roof and attic are also a major issue to look out for. Most homeowners don’t even know it, but they may not have enough insulation in their attics or may have too much. Too much insulation could be covering vents that are designed to let moisture escape form the house. Other issues to look out for on the roof are cracked shingles, flashings that have not been properly installed, or worn flashing sealant, which allows water to creep into the house.
The last important home inspection issue to look out for is drainage. If the grading around a house doesn’t carry water away, it will most likely pool around the foundation, and possibly seep in. This could cause major damage to the structure of the house and is an expensive repair. A homes gutter system that doesn’t carry water away might cause it to also flow into a homes foundation.
Whether you’re thinking of selling your home or just want to keep up with the maintenance needs of your home, the previously mentioned aspects of a home are very important. A home needs more than just a thorough cleaning to be valuable. It needs to be taken care of and updated (if need be). Following these home inspection tips could end up saving you a lot of money.