For first time home buyers, conducting an inspection on a house you’re planning to buy is very important. More often than not, you won’t want to buy a fixer-upper as your first home since renovations cost money and time. That’s why a personal inspection of the property can help you weed out your list of potential homes. If you’re ready to sift quality homes from total wrecks, better read these tips right away:
Walls, ceilings, foundation, and roofing
Begin your inspection with the structural elements of every house namely: lots, walls, ceilings, floors, roof, and foundation.
Make a visual assessment of the entire lot. Are there soggy areas on the ground? Is the drainage placed remotely from the structure?
Inspect the base of the walls and ceilings of every room in the house and then move to the exteriors. In both instances, see if there are any obvious cracks or shifts in the foundation. These cracks may indicate that the structure of the house is unstable or they may be any interior leaking within the walls.
Some homes have their roofs attached to the attic, that’s why a few buyers I help tend to inspect the two areas as one unit. If the house you’re inspecting has the same structure, keep an eye on the framing, ventilation, type of roof construction, flashing, and gutters of the area.
Never forget to ask the seller when the roof was last replaced and make sure that the tiles are not chipped or cracked. It’s also advisable to check if any trees on the on the lawn are encroaching on the roof tiles. If yes, then ask the seller to trim the branches before they leave.
Electrical and plumbing
The electrical works you need to check are the main panel, circuit breakers, wiring, grounding, exhaust fans, receptacles, ceiling fans, and light fixtures. Although this sounds like a very tedious task, you’ll be able to wrap your head around these steps by asking these pertinent questions: do all of the switches work? Has the seller experienced any grounding from the sockets? Is the panel updated and expandable?
Moreover, don’t forget to check every socket and switch found inside your home, because it only takes one faulty wiring to put your house into flames.
In terms of plumbing, it’s important to find out the condition of the pipe materials used for potable, drain, waste and vent pipes, as well as the toilets, showers, sinks, faucets, and traps. Some even ask the seller what material the pipes are made of to make sure that they live up to current standards.
When my daughter was buying her first home, she thought that a sewer inspection was included in the process. I’m not going into the details of the entire affair, but it ended up costing us a lot since we had to hire professionals to do the inspection for us.
Always check for unpleasant odours at every part of the home. Detect the location where the odour is coming from and check if it can be removed or not. If the property has a basement, the bad odour may probably be an indictor of a wet basement, which is an immediate red flag for me.
I hope that this blog I shared with you today will help you in your next inspection. While these tips will not replace the opinion of trained professionals, it’s still good to keep these tips at hand so you won’t fall for flowery sales talk of estate agents out there.Tags: first time home buyers, fist home, inspection of the property, inspection on a house, quality homes