Home Inspections – Why they’re Crucial when Buying a Home

Home inspections are crucial when buying a home. If you skip this step you could end up with a house that could cost you a lot of money. It can be detrimental for a buyer when purchasing a home at their maximum budget to later realize they have to redo all the plumbing or replace a roof. 


1. Exterior

Areas of interest include grading and drainage, evidence of standing water or leaks, the integrity of the foundation and siding, the condition of the exterior paint and landscaping, and any damage. They will also inspect the shingles, gutters, exterior vents, flashing, soffits, chimneys, and fascia boards. When inspecting windows and doors, they will search for decay and rot, cracks, improper installation, lack of caulking, etc.

2. Attic

The attic often holds important clues to the overall structural integrity of the property. The examiner will make sure they don’t find structural damage, improper ventilation, and exhaust or plumbing pipes that end in the vicinity.


3. Basement/Crawl Space

The inspector will look for moisture and evidence of pests, as well as foundational, structural, and insulation-related issues.


4. Interior Rooms

When it comes to interior rooms, these inner spaces can also reveal critical structural issues. The inspection checklist will cover the floors, walls, ceilings, windows, interior doors, paint and trim, lights and switches, outlets, temperature control, insulation, and fireplaces.

The kitchen is known as the heart of the home. Some aspects of the kitchen to scrutinize include the size and functionality of appliances, the exhaust fan, the drainage and water flow, the safety of outlets, and the condition of cabinets and drawers.

Bathroom’s can often be on the pricier side to fix. The following areas will be examined: toilet, exhaust fan, sink, tub and shower, tiles, caulking, flooring, and fixtures.


5. Major Systems, Electrical, and Plumbing

The examiner will evaluate the HVAC system (this includes airflow, ventilation, filters, ductwork, the condition of flues, and the presence of rust, asbestos, or odour). In regards to electrical systems, the inspector will look at the wiring, the main service panels, cables, fuses, and breakers. The plumbing system will also be checked for pipe damage or leaks, and ensure the water heater and pump are working properly.

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