What Your Home Inspection Should Cover
§ Siding: Look for dents or buckling.
§ Foundations: Look for cracks or water seepage.
§ Exterior Brick: Look for cracked bricks or mortar pulling away from bricks.
§ Insulation: Look for condition, adequate rating for climate.
§ Doors and Windows: Look for loose or tight fits, condition of locks, condition of weather stripping.
§ Roof: Look for age, conditions of flashing, pooling water, buckled shingles, or loose gutters and downspouts.
§ Ceilings, walls, and moldings: Look for loose pieces, drywall that is pulling away.
§ Porch/Deck: Loose railings or step, rot.
§ Electrical: Look for condition of fuse box/ Circuit breakers, number of outlets in each room.
§ Plumbing: Look for poor water pressure, banging pipes, rust spots or corrosion that indicate leaks, sufficient insulation.
§ Water heater: Look for age, size adequate for house. Speed of recovery, energy rating.
§ Furnace/ Air Conditioning: Look for age, energy rating; Furnaces are rated by annual fuel utilization efficiency; the higher the rating, the lower your fuel costs.
§ Garage: Look for exterior in good repair condition of floor--- cracks, stains, etc; condition of door mechanism.
§ Basement: Look for water leakage, musty smell.
§ Attic: Look for adequate ventilation, water leaks from roof.
§ Septic Tanks( if applicable): Adequate absorption field capacity for the percolation rate in your area and the size of your family.
§ Driveways/Sidewalks: Look for cracks, heaving pavement, crumbling near edges, stains.