Key Items To Inspect Before Purchasing A Home

When you finally find the home of your dreams it can be tempting to rush right into the purchase especially during competitive times like these. However, don’t skirt your opportunity to do a professional inspection of the home before you solidify the deal. This will help you know exactly what you are getting into and potentially further negotiate should any larger problems become uncovered. 


A home cannot survive without a stable and intact foundation. A professional home inspector will determine whether the foundation is solid and secure both inside and outside. Signs of crumbling mortar, gaps or deteriorating blocks are red flags that the structure may start to lean or shift. If the ground slopes toward the foundation, that means water runoff could collect around your home and seep into the structure causing further issues.


An overview of the plumbing is also something that should be checked. Water lines should be inspected along with a check for water stains or wet spots on walls or ceilings which could be a sign of an issue. Signs for both plumbing issues as well as any water coming in from outside should be looked for so you know what you are dealing with.


The HVAC system should be in proper working order and preferably not nearing the end of its life span. An inspection of the system will reveal whether it is fully operational or will need to be replaced within the next few years. You may request the current owner’s utility bills to see if the systems are energy efficient, and if not, you may want to consider installing new ones to save you money and a potential headache should it break soon.


The roof is another area to be examined carefully since repairs or replacements can be costly. Have the home inspector check for missing or damaged roofing elements as well as any problems with the gutters or downspouts. There should be permit info available so you can see how old the roof is and when to anticipate replacement.