You’ve found the perfect home and you’re ready to put down an offer. But how do you know it’s perfect? A home inspection is an essential part of any home buying experience, but it can feel daunting for first-time buyers. Here’s what to look for when looking for your perfect home.
Walk through the whole house inside and out. Look for any cracks, potential leaks on anything else that will give you a clue as the structural integrity. Check the base of the walls along with the ceilings in each of the room. Check the condition of the exterior walls as well as the base of the foundation of the home, especially if the home is sitting on a raised foundation. Notice if there are any large trees that may have roots encroaching on the house’s foundation, as this may lead to devastating consequences if the tree and root are not taken care of as quickly as possible.
Inspecting the roof of a home for sale is extremely important because a new roof is an expensive add-on. Be sure to ask about the overall quality and condition of the roof in addition to the date it was last replaced and repaired. Take photos of as many areas of the roof as possible to further inspect the condition of the roof by zooming in and using close-ups.
Lot & Home Exterior
Does the home you are looking at have curb appeal? Is the landscaping updated and well-maintained? Take notice of any drainage that appears near the home along with soggy areas which may ultimately mean that there are drainage and sewage issues linked to the home itself.
Check the exterior of the home to compare the overall condition of the walls, paint, and even tile or brick that is currently in place. Are there issues with dangling wires, loose paneling, or loose siding on the exterior of the home?
Attic & Insulation
Always inspect the attic of a home you are interested in buying if it has one. Verify that your attic is fully insulated with proper material to keep your home at a comfortable temperature to save on energy bills in the future.
Check the basement of any home you are interested in buying to make sure it is not extremely damp, showing signs of leaks, or showing evidence of flooding in the past. Be sure to ask about the potential of flooding and whether or not the basement currently has proper drain setups in place to handle heavy rains and flooding if it occurs.
Always test electrical switches to ensure they are all in working order. Have you noticed any odd malfunctions related to the electrical setup of a home you are touring? Are all of the outlets throughout the home currently grounded? How updated are the electrical panels in the home and do they require upgrades or replacements before moving in? Consider all of these factors relevant to electricity in a home before settling on the property that is ideal for you.
Take note of any odd or strange noises you notice from the plumbing throughout the house you are interested in. Ask about the type of plumbing that is currently in place and whether or not the home or neighbourhood itself has a history of sewage and drainage problems associated with the plumbing itself.
Heating & Cooling
What type of heating and cooling system does the home you are interested in currently have in place? Are you interested in an energy-efficient setup that requires an additional investment? Does the home offer central heating and cooling or do you require additional air conditioners during the hottest months of the year? Inquire about the age of the furnace and cooling system of the homes you are eyeing to avoid having to invest large amounts of money shortly after completing the purchase.
While it’s always important to consult a professional, it helps to know what to look for yourself before falling in love. The more you understand the process of inspections, the less likely you are to feel stressed and overwhelmed when seeking a new home that is just right for you. Ask questions and don’t be afraid to get a second opinion. This is your dream home, you deserve the best.