What to look for during your Home Inspection
In this blog we are reviewing the most important aspects of a home inspection. Remember home inspections are used to help you understand the condition of the home. Make sure you focus on these big ticket items!
For the most part, unless you're buying a New Construction home, the roof is not new. In fact most homes in our market are hundreds of years old and have had roofs changed over and over again. The average home owner puts a new roof on their home at least once in the their time at the home. The reality is that every roof suffers wear and tear, expecting to move into an older home and not having roof problems at some point is unrealistic. During the inspection, you'll want to know if there are any signs of active leaks, patch work done to the roof and an approximate age of the roof. This is help you prepare for expenses once you move into the home.
This is huge! You'll want to make sure that your inspector has complete access to the electrical panels. You'll want them to confirm that the wiring was done correctly. You'll want him to check that bathrooms and kitchens has GFI outlets installed and grounded correctly. Also, the inspector should keep you informed about the amperage to the home. This will help you when it comes time to purchase any appliance and will help you avoid outages once you move into the home.
Similar to the roof, unless the property is brand new you cannot expect boilers to be new. Although most have life expectancies of up to 30 years as long as they are serviced and maintained they can last much longer. I recently changed the boiler in my home which was an original from 1955, it lasted twice it's expected age. Most home owners keep a log of the servicing dates which will help you get familiarized with the upkeep of the boiler itself. If the home is heated with oil, you'll want to see the condition of the oil tank, its upkeep and servicing as well. Lastly, you'll want to make sure that heat is reaching all floors of the home from each vent or radiator.
As one of the most over looked areas of the home inspection, its important to focus on each individual floor and its plumbing during the home inspection. You'll want the inspector to turn on most if not all the water in the home so you can get an idea of water pressure and drainage. Many times new homeowners run into plumbing issues when they first move in because the water usage may change drastically, you'll want to make sure that you fully understand conditions of the plumbing before signing a contract.
Making sure the structure of the home is stabilized is extremely important during an inspection. Many homes in our market are over 100 years old and many times studs and beams need to reinforced. You'll want to know about this before moving in to the home because the move many times can cause damage. For newer homes you'll want to check for settling. It takes on average, about 15 years for a home to completely settle once it is built. Once settled you'll begin to see if there is any reinforcing that needs to be taken care of.