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Home Inspection check-list – What to look for when buying a house

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When you want to buy a house, you should definitely think about a home inspection. You would not usually notice defects even when in plain sight, or details like what’s underneath the carpet or behind the walls; there may be flooring or structural defect. During inspection if you see too many red flags, it might be a better idea scratch that house from your list, consulting with a professional home inspector might be good idea but initial inspection on your own can reveal many thing if done properly. Categorize your visit into following.

Structural Elements:

This is the most important aspect of any house. Suppose a house is renovated but its structure is weak. In case of any natural catastrophe even if one wall is damaged, not only you will have to bear renovation expenditures but there will huge reconstruction bill, be sure to focus on strength of walls. What type of flooring is used? What was used in foundation? What type soil is there? Is this custom home build?

Exterior Evaluation:

Impressions matter. Everyone will make their mind about the house at the first glance. Exterior will give an idea about the type of house will it be from inside. It is always a good idea to check for elevation, landscape, garage, fences, walls, drainage, door and window quality.

Roof and Attic:

You can check roof for signs of leakage, especially where there is fresh coating of color! You should also check if there is adequate ventilation in to the house. Time your visit in a way that you can also see presence of natural light.

Plumbing:

What sort of plumbing is used, is there any corrosion on pipes or PVC is used. If corrosion is found on pipes, it will not only destroy piping but will also increase costs in terms of extra repairs. What material is used for potable, vent pipes? Check drainage condition, is there any blockage. Also check if toilets, sink and showers are working fine.

Electrical:

Check of electrical wiring, which can be a bit difficult but Main panel and circuit breakers can be examined to evaluate the quality of electrical installations, availability of exhaust, ceiling and light fixtures.

If there is basement you can check for adequate insulation, electrical wiring quality, availability of light. Incase appliances such as dishwasher, fridge or stove will also be given then in what condition they are? How old they are? Sometimes people have custom home built so checking everything becomes a necessity.

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