You 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:
- Heating System
- Electrical Service
- Water Heater, Pool & Jacuzzi
- Septic System
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
- Plumbing, Pools, Ponds
- Stairs & Steps, Skylights, Stains, Security, Septic System
- Tiles, Termites
- Woodwork, Wood Rot, Water Heaters, Wallpapering