Whether you're on the verge of selling your home to begin your next adventure in a new city or just moving to a different home within your current community, you're probably experiencing a mixture of excitement and nervousness. Both emotions are natural and understandable — and nervousness is particularly understandable if a home inspection is going to be part of the picture. Unless you plan on selling your current home on a cash-only basis, the buyer will need to qualify for a mortgage, which means a home inspection. Fortunately, the more you know about something, the more power it has to make you nervous. Here's what you need to know about home inspections:
A home inspection is a thorough examination of a house's condition. The purpose of a home inspection is to identify any major deficiencies or repairs that are needed. During a home inspection, the inspector will typically look at the following systems and components of the house:
Structure This includes the foundation, framing, and overall condition of the house. The inspector will look for any signs of damage or structural issues.
Exterior The inspector will examine the condition of the siding, windows, doors, and roof. They will also check the grading and drainage around the house.
Roof: The inspector will check for any missing, damaged, or worn shingles, as well as any flashing or ventilation issues.
Plumbing: The inspector will check the condition of the pipes, water heater, and other plumbing fixtures. They will also look for any leaks or other issues.
Electrical The inspector will examine the electrical panel and check for any outdated or unsafe wiring. They will also test outlets and switches.
Temperature Control The inspector will check the condition and operation of the furnace, air conditioner, and any other heating or cooling systems.
Interior Infrastructure The inspector will check the condition of the walls, floors, and ceilings, as well as the doors and windows. They will also check the condition of the kitchen and bathroom fixtures.
Attic and Insulation The inspector will check the condition of the attic and insulation, looking for any signs of moisture or pest damage.
Appliances The inspector will test the operation of any appliances that are included in the house, such as the oven, refrigerator, and washing machine.
The inspector will also look for any health and safety issues, such as carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors, and handrails on stairs. They will also check for any code violations or safety hazards.