• Austin Dyer

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.

ROOF

  • 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

CHIMNEYS

  • 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?

WALL COVERINGS

  • 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.

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Accurate Property Inspection

Home Inspection Services

Loveland, Colorado

Phone: 970-667-6973