Home Inspection 101

Licensed home inspectors inspect homes to determine what, if anything, needs repairing or replacing. Typical inspections may include:

Termites - signs of termites in the home or foundation
Plumbing - checks for leaks, dripping faucets, toilet tank leaks, etc..
Electrical - up to code? Check that all light switches and wall sockets are working
Exterior - settling cracks, paint peeling
Interior - signs of leaks in walls or ceilings, general condition
The Roof - checks for leaks or damage
Windows- good condition and sealed?
Appliances - check that they work along with heating and air conditioning units
Radon Gas - an odorless and colorless gas that is sometimes found in the earth’s rock and soil.
Lead-Based Paint - some older homes may still have lead-based paint that can be hazardous if ingested.
Asbestos - homes built in the early 1970s and before often had asbestos tile floors and asbestos ceiling tiles. This substance poses a health risk and must be removed.

Good inspectors will find minor flaws in nearly any home. It’s up to you to decide how important they are. Inspectors often provide you tips on the maintenance and upkeep of the home and its systems.