An older home can be a great investment, and with a little bit of care, it can be your dream home. A home inspector can help you identify any major repairs that may be needed, as well as offer advice on how to maintain the home. Here's a quick overview of some of the things your home inspector will check before giving you guidance on your potential purchase.
1. Water Damage Outside
The inspector will check the outside of your potential home for signs of water damage. They'll check for cracks or uneven places in the concrete. They'll inspect the siding or stucco to ensure there are no cracks that could cause it to hold water or potentially harbor unwanted insects. \
Ideally, water draining into the gutters will pour down into the drainage pads and be diverted away from the home. Water that streams toward the house will eventually lead to flooding of the liveable space.
2. Water Damage Inside
The inspector will check the ceilings, walls, and floors of the basement for evidence of water damage. A strong odor and visible mold on the walls or floors are all red flags that there may be water damage. If the inspector finds any of these things, they'll likely recommend further investigation by a professional.
3. HVAC System
The inspector will check the age of the furnace and air conditioner to let you know how long it'll likely be before you'll need to replace them since they would be substantial expenses.
If the HVAC system of the home you're purchasing hasn't been serviced by a professional within the last year, your inspector will likely recommend that you have this done. Regular maintenance will extend the life of your HVAC system and make sure it runs safely and efficiently.
4. Broken Windows
The inspector will open and close the windows to make sure they seal properly. A window with a broken seal will often appear cloudy as it has been susceptible to water damage. Since purchasing all new windows can be expensive, the inspector will let you know to avoid any hidden expenses in the future.
5. Electrical System
The inspector will verify that there are sufficient outlets in the house. They'll make sure the switches are hooked up safely and that they work. The inspector will also double-check that the electrical panel is not overloaded for safety precautions.
Your home inspector will provide a write-up of their findings for you in a report. You can then use their report to ask for any necessary repairs from the seller. Contact a local home inspector to learn more.