Why Is A Home Inspection So Important?
As we are inspecting your home there are certain things home inspectors look for to ensure your home is safe and secure. These are just a few of the items. It’s clear after reading this document how a detailed inspection can save you from buying a well maintained home over a home that is not going to last much longer without major financial investment in repairs. Again, this is just a few areas we inspect.
Is the ridge (peak) showing a sag, or is it straight and level?
Is the roof sagging between the rafters or trusses?
Are there any signs of deterioration of asphalt shingles, such as curling, wasping, broken edges, rounded corners or key holes (slits) becoming wider that normal?
Any loose flashing’s, at the chimney, roof-to-wall connection or elsewhere?
Does the wooden roof deck appear rotten or de-laminated under the last row of shingles?
Are there any roof vents visible? Dryer vents – clear or blocking airflow?
WHY A HOME INSPECTION IS SO IMPORTANT
Is the masonry cap cracked or broken?
Are any bricks flaking or missing? Mortar missing?
Is the chimney leaning?
SOFFITS AND FASCIA
Note whether the soffit and fascia are wood, aluminum or plastic.
Any loose or missing sections?
If wood, are there any paint problems? Any visible rot?
GUTTERS AND DOWNSPOUT’S
Ensure gutters slope down toward downspout’s.
Any rust or peeling paint?
Apparent leaks or loose/sagging sections?
Are the downspout’s extended away from the foundations?
Look for missing mortar
Are the bricks flaking or cracking?
Look for loose, missing or rotten siding, deteriorated paint.
Does the siding appear new? Does it hide the foundation wall?
Exterior walls bowed, bulged or leaning?
WINDOWS AND DOORS
Look for problems with paint or caulking, and rotted wood components.
Are the windows new or older? Are they the original windows? How old are they?
PORCHES AND DECKS
Cracking or flaking masonry?
Check for paint problems, rotted wood, and wood-earth contact.
Note any settlement or separation from the house.
Inspect the underside, if accessible.