The home inspection is your opportunity to gauge the condition of the home and request repairs or updates before the move-in date. For the buyer, it’s typically the last chance to do a final walk-through before the deal is sealed.
First things first, when it comes to a home inspector, perform your due diligence and make sure you hire someone recognized by a professional organization. Your REALTOR® can help recommend local home inspection companies or home inspectors to choose from.
A few things to remember during the home inspection:
- A home inspector cannot damage the home. There are some issues even the best inspectors can miss, however, a good inspector would ask the right questions to reveal issues early on as well as any problems that may have been hidden deliberately.
- Attend the inspection. Always go to the home inspection and don’t be afraid to ask questions. After all, this is likely the biggest purchase of your life!
- Read the inspector’s report – Very carefully.
Don’t forget this list on inspection day! We’ve got you covered when it comes to what you (and the inspector) should be looking for. The more eyes on the property, the better!
- No cracks (check bases of walls and ceilings)
- Foundation appears straight
- Proper drainage away from the house
- No soggy areas
- No standing water
- Yard, trees and walkways in good condition
- No branches or bushes touching or hanging over the house
- Overall good condition
- Gutters free from decay and rust, no sagging
- No evidence of excess roofing cement/tar/caulk
- No stains or signs of leaks
- No evidence of decay or damage
- Sufficient and properly installed insulation
- No stains on floors, walls or ceiling
- Walls, ceilings and floors appear straight and level
- No significant cracks in the walls or ceiling
- Doors in good condition and latch properly
- Paint and walls in good condition
- All light switches are operational
- Heating and/or cooling source in each room
- Windows in good condition and latch properly
- No strange smell (musty smells could be a sign water damage)
- Appliances are in good condition
- All toilets and sinks work properly
- No evidence or signs of past leaks around tubs/showers
- No dampness
- Adequate insulation
- Visible pipes have no damage or signs of leaks
- No unusual noises
- If there is a well: well water test is acceptable
- Ensure there are no out-dated or dangerous wiring
- Improper installation
Remember: every home is bound to have its challenges. It’ll be up to you to decide how much you’re prepared to take on.