Home InspectionYou have found the perfect home and your offer has been accepted. Don’t let your dream turn into a nightmare because you didn’t get a home inspection. Wenzel Select Properties has put together a checklist of information for home inspection. We recommend that you hire a home inspector who is a member of the ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors). These inspectors are considered highly qualified and reliable.

 

What is your Role in a Home Inspection?

Choose a home inspector who is qualified and is willing to guide you through the home inspection process.

Be prepared. Put together a list of questions about the house and issues you may be concerned about.

  • Lead Paint: Homes built before 1978 may have used lead-based paint.
  • Radon: This is a colorless, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in rock deposits.
  • UFFI: This is a type of insulation that was sprayed in the 70′ s and emits a toxic gas.

 

Here are some of the components your inspector should be reviewing during the home inspection:

  • Foundation
  • Roof
  • Heating System
  • Air-conditioning
  • Electrical Service
  • Water Heater, Pool & Jacuzzi
  • Septic System
  • Deck
  • Garden
  • Fireplace

 

Here are some questions you may want to ask your inspector:

  • How would you describe the condition of the roof? Does is require any repair?
  • Is this home equipped to handle natural occurrences like a tornado, or flood?
  • Are there any environmental concerns regarding the location and the zoning that I need to know about?
  • What is your estimate of the cost for fixing the major problem areas?
  • Will you be able to provide me with a summary of the issues in the report?
  • Will your report include information on energy efficiency?
  • If I forget to ask something, or if my bank or insurance company has a question after the inspection, may we call you?

 

Look out for:

  • Mold stains and odors, particularly since black mold is toxic. Treat the area to get rid of any mold. Air the home to ensure that it does not buildup again.
  • Lighting: Test fixtures, both interior and exterior, and check the electrical systems.
  • Heating system: Test the thermostats to make sure the heating system is working. Are there carbon monoxide detectors to provide alert? Check for fire hazards and test the smoke detectors.
  • Basements and crawlspaces should be inspected in daylight. Any exposed earth or moisture in basements should be covered and leaks plugged.
  • Make sure the septic system is checked. This can cause a great deal of frustration and unpleasantness in the event of a breakdown. Some inspectors flush a color dye into the toilet and then see if the dye appears on the drain field. If it does, it signals a problem.
  • Check the gutters and clear channels to ensure uninterrupted flow. Downspouts will allow the water to be directed away from the house.
  • Get a termite inspection done by a licensed structural pest control operator.
  • If there is a well on the premises, ensure a complete potability and mineralization test.

 

Here is an alphabetical checklist of the areas you may want to cover:

  • Air-conditioning, Appliances, Attics
  • Basements, Bathrooms, Blinds, Shades & Drapes, Brickwork
  • Carpet Spots, Ceilings, Closets
  • Decks & Patios, Dehumidifiers, Dishwashers
  • Electrical, Exterior Walls, Energy Efficiency
  • Fences, Fireplaces, Floor Scratches
  • Garages, Gutters and Downspouts
  • Heat Pumps, Humidifiers
  • Insulation, Interior Walls, Insects
  • Laundry Rooms, Lawn & Garden, Lawn Sprinklers, Lighting
  • Mirrors
  • Odors
  • Plumbing, Pools, Ponds
  • Stairs & Steps, Skylights, Stains, Security, Septic System
  • Tiles, Termites
  • Woodwork, Wood Rot, Water Heaters, Wallpapering