What to Expect from a Home Inspection
- December 8, 2018
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Home inspection requirements vary from state to state, but here are the minimum and uniform standards you can expect from a home inspection.
They include the following:
Structural elements. Construction of visible foundation; evidence of sagging or bowing of the structure; and window alignment.
Grounds. Leaks from septic tank; proper drainage; and condition of driveways, fences, and sidewalks.
Roof. Condition of shingles; any repairs/patches to flat roofs; clear vents; damage to chimneys; and properly working gutters.
Exterior surfaces. Correct clearance between ground and siding material; condition of exterior paint or siding; and properly working lights and electrical outlets.
Attic. Sufficient insulation; proper ventilation; and any sign of leaking or water damage.
Interior plumbing. No damaged or leaking pipes; proper hot water temperature; and functioning toilets, sinks, bathtubs, and showers.
Electrical system. Up-to-code condition and type of visible wiring, and proper function of circuit breakers, outlets, light fixtures, and fans.
Appliances. Proper function of stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, washer and dryer, and all other appliances.
Heating and cooling systems. Condition of furnace, air conditioning (temperature permitting), water heater, chimney, and fireplace.
Basement. Solid foundation, walls, and floors, with no signs of water intrusion or damage.
Garage. Solid foundation, windows, ceiling, framing, and roof; working garage door opener; up-to-code electrical system; and proper function of outlets.
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