Before you can purchase a house, you need to order a home inspection to get a thorough report on the condition of the home. This is a key part of the home buying process and helps you ensure that you're not getting a lemon.
During the assessment, the inspector will view several areas in and around the property. Here the factors that will be evaluated:
- Site: The inspection will begin on the exterior, and your expert will determine whether utilities are in good condition. Then, the land's grading and drainage will be inspected.
- Exterior: This part of the process will look at structures on the outside of your prospective home, including steps, windows, decks and the garage.
- Roofing: The property inspection look for any issues such as leaks and determine the risks associated with the type of roof.
- Foundation: This is another time when your inspector will not only assess whether there is damage - cracks, moisture and other issues - but he or she will also tell you what kind of foundation you have and the associated risks.
- Interior: Moving inside, your professional will review the condition of different rooms, focusing on items such as floors, doors, stairways and walls.
- Plumbing: In addition to checking water flow and pressure for your tubs, sinks and showers, the inspector will determine what type of pipes you have and their status.
- Electrical: After reviewing your electrical systems, your expert will make a recommendation for any repairs that require the attention of an electrician.
- Heating and air conditioning: These parts of the inspection will examine vents, flues, ducts, returns, filters, air flow and your air conditioning system, including the condensate drains.