What Things Do Home Inspectors Look For?

Here’s what home inspectors look for that, if found, could impact your home sale:

  • Water Damage.
  • Your Home’s Structural Integrity.
  • Damage to the Roof.
  • Problems with Your Home’s Electrical System.
  • Plumbing Related Problems.
  • Insect and Pest Infestations.
  • Trouble with the Home’s HVAC System.

What will fail a home inspection?

Top reasons home inspections fail

Electrical problems: The most common electrical issues include wiring that’s not up to code, frayed wiring, or improperly wired electrical panels. Plumbing issues: Leaky pipes (and resulting water damage), failing water heaters, and sewer system problems are some of the most expensive.

What are home inspectors looking for?

A home inspector will look at a house’s HVAC system, interior plumbing and electrical systems, roof, attic, floors. windows and doors, foundation, basement and structural components, then provide a written report with results.

How do I prepare for a home inspection?

Fortunately, there are some things you can do to prepare for the inspection.

  1. Provide open access to areas that need to be checked.
  2. Clear the perimeter.
  3. Check the roof.
  4. Keep a clean house.
  5. Replace any bulbs that are out.
  6. Make sure your toilets are functioning properly.
  7. Put in a fresh furnace return filter.

What should I expect at a home inspection?

The inspector will check that major appliances are functional, scrutinize the heating and air-conditioning system, examine the plumbing and electrical systems and may even poke around in the attic and basement. The goal of a home inspection is to uncover issues with the home itself.

Do I have to fix everything on a home inspection?

And rest assured, there’s no need for you to fix everything a home inspector thinks could stand for improvement; a home inspection report is not a to-do list.

Do they check for mold in a home inspection?

Ask your home inspector.

While it’s not the inspector’s job to look for mold, most home inspectors will mention obvious signs of water damage and the possible presence of mold. Some inspectors may be wary of this, because they want to avoid liability for any mold-related problems.

What does a home inspection not cover?

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.

How long does it take to get home inspection results?

24-48 hrs

What can go wrong in a home inspection?

Home inspector Dave Swartz has developed a list of the 10 most common home defects, many of them emphasizing the issues that Austin and Rick highlighted above:

  • Faulty wiring.
  • Roof problems.
  • Heating/cooling system defects.
  • Plumbing issues.
  • Inadequate insulation and ventilation in attic.
  • Whole house is poorly maintained.

Should I leave lights on for home inspection?

Turn on all lights and ceiling fans

It also helps if you know what all the electrical switches in the home do. Having all the lights on is part of the test of the electrical system to ensure it is checked under a reasonable load. The inspector will turn off the lights and fans when he is done.

Do houses usually pass inspection?

Remember, a home inspection is not a pass or fail test. It does, however, open the door for renegotiation. You’re not obligated to fix anything, but the buyer can also walk away if they’re not satisfied.

What do Home Inspectors clean?

Routine Inspection Tips

  1. Clean your house regularly, not just the day before an inspection.
  2. Tidy Up.
  3. Take special care with Bathrooms and Kitchens.
  4. Don’t forget the out of sight stuff.
  5. Mow your lawns and don’t forget to pull the weeds and do your edges.
  6. Report any maintenance issues to your property manager.