Home inspections identify possible environmental, structural, and infestation problems that, if left uncorrected, could turn into dealbreakers. Certain items should always be on a home inspection checklist, and your particular situation may mean the inspector should assess additional items. Buyers should always conduct a home inspection, and sellers can arrange for one before putting the property on the market, to discover and address problems before they become obstacles to a sale.
If you’re ready for a home inspection, select an experienced, certified inspector and discuss their process and the kind of report they’ll produce. When the date for the inspection comes, attend the inspection, ask questions, and make sure you understand what the inspector does and doesn’t do. For example, a home inspector can’t inspect what they can’t see or what their instruments can’t detect. A good home inspector will explain, in advance, what their fee covers, what costs extra, and what just isn’t possible. They should be versed in local building codes and be able to tell you if they see potential violations.
Generally speaking, top things to include during a home inspection are:
No home is perfect, and every inspection report will have some items on it. Keep things in perspective and ask questions that help you sort the major from the minor issues as well as those that are merely cosmetic concerns. The inspection helps identify problems that you should address before you buy a property or put one on the market. Remember that every home is different, and this list just identifies some of the top things to check during a home inspection. Depending on the home’s age, location, and any local codes that apply, you may need to assess several other items.