Home Inspection Guide From A Home Experts
Finding a new house in urban areas is indeed a difficult task since most of the residential areas are already fully built for residential or business centers. However, having a property in the city is…
Finding a new house in urban areas is indeed a difficult task since most of the residential areas are already fully built for residential or business centers. However, having a property in the city is undeniably a strategic choice for us and our family. Well, for those of us who wish to buy a property in the city center, one option is to acquire a previously occupied house, also known as a ‘used house.’
Buying a used house, especially one that has been there for decades, may not be as pleasant as buying a new one. As a result, it is important that we visit and personally view the homes we wish to purchase to check all the things needed. Lokalist already put a list of what things we should pay attention to when attending an Open House or attending a home inspection appointment. Check it below!
What is a Home Inspection?
Some people may dream of buying a used house, for the sake of the aesthetics of a classic house or old building. Honestly, it does not matter if we want to buy a second house or a new house, as long as we are extremely thorough when doing home inspections.
A home inspection is a visual examination of the property we want to buy in order to identify any potential issues. When we go to an open house or arrange an appointment with the marketer to see the property we like, we can also do this procedure ourselves. The goal of a home inspection is to identify any potential problems before we proceed with the deal process. This process also gives the buyer and seller the opportunity to renegotiate or even leave the transaction if necessary.
While it may appear daunting by words, a home inspection is one of the most important precautions we can take before purchasing a used house. The house inspection process might help us in avoiding unpleasant surprises in the future.
Home Inspection Check-List
So, what do we need to pay attention to when doing a home inspection?
1. House Foundation, structure & exterior
Checking the foundation and structure of the house does require extra foresight, but as the name implies, these two things are important components that determine the robustness of a house.
- Is the house foundation in good condition?
- Are there any cracks in the lower wall or floor?
- Are there any indications that the structure of the house has shifted? (Color difference, shifted lines)
- Are there any indications that the house has ever been flooded?
- Is the septic tank in a functional and proper position?
- Are there any indications of termites or rotting wood structures?
- Are the door and window frames still sturdy?
- Are the ceilings and roof in good condition? (Not leaking, peeling, or rotting)
- Is there a patched roof?
- Does the house have sufficient ventilation?
- How is the condition of the gutter in front of the house?
The state of a house’s interior is the easiest thing to check on this list because most of its components are visible.
Here is a list of things that needs to check:
- Does the house have a strange smell? (musty, rancid, or other unusual odor)
- What is the condition of the equipment that comes with the house (taps, sinks, air conditioners, wall shelves, sinks, toilets, etc.)
- Does the house get enough natural light and air circulation?
- How are the condition of the wall paint, wallpaper, and floor tiles in each room?
- Are there any stains to question? (water seepage, burn marks, etc.)
- Are all doors and windows functioning properly?
Nothing is more annoying than poor water quality and a leaky faucet. Therefore, the next thing we need to check when conducting a home inspection is the waterways.
- Check all water taps, whether in bathrooms, kitchens, courtyards, and other spaces, including showers, jet showers, and flush toilets.
- Is the running water clear enough?
- Check all the water drains such as sinkholes, toilets, bathtubs, etc.
- Is the existing water pressure strong enough?
- Is the water pump available?
- How about a water heater? Is it available and working properly? What types of heaters are available (gas or electric, depending on the capacity?
- Does the house use a water tank? If yes, how big is the capacity?
Electricity is certainly one of the most important aspects of our daily lives. From routine tasks like turning on lights and refrigerators, good electricity will help us to recharge mobile phones and laptops that let us work more efficiently on a daily basis.
Pay attention to the following checklist:
- Pay attention to the position of the light switches in each room, are they all functioning properly?
- Count the outlets in each room, are they sufficient and functioning properly?
- Is the electrical panel in an easily accessible place?
- Are the existing cables and connections solid and not chipped?
House Inspection Tips for Beginners
Despite the fact that we already have a list of items to investigate, evaluating a second property can be intimidating. Here are some recommendations from Lokalist for first-time homebuyers to help ease the load.
- Invite family members or friends who have a better understanding of the intricacies of purchasing and selling used homes.
- Do the calculation of what important things we need in the new house
- Make a list of any questions we want to ask the seller or owner
- Acknowledge the list of the deal-breakers
- Be present during the home inspection
In some cases, conducting a home inspection as the initial stage of the home buying process can take up to months. Therefore, no need to hurry and feel pressured when doing a home inspection in a used home. Remember, the property we will purchase will eventually become a home for us and our family, so always keep it cool!