Your home is the most important and valuable investment you’ll ever make in life. You’ll likely spend plenty of time shopping for a house, considering which neighborhoods are best for your family and which floor plans best suit your lifestyle. You compare your preferences with prices to find a home you’ll love and plan to stay in. But that isn’t the end all of your home search. You have to protect your investment with a home inspection after you’ve found a house that meets all your other criteria.
Checking on the foundation of the house is a key element of the inspection. Everything relies on a firm base and if the foundation doesn’t provide that the home is worthless. There a few things that an experienced inspector knows to look at when studying the foundation.
First, is the foundation solid? Concrete cracks and foundations can break. This doesn’t eliminate the home as a potential great investment, but it does give reason for pause and closer review. If there are cracks in the foundation it should be checked for plumb and level. The amount of settling that has occurred is something to be considered. Of course some settling occurs with every house, but an excessive amount may be a sign the foundation was not poured properly in the first place. If that’s the case, repairs will be expensive and most likely only temporary solutions to a failed building.
The electrical system in a home is another major part of the inspection. Checking to make sure every outlet works is a simple part of the process. If they don’t work you can assume you’ll be working with repairs on the system for the rest of your life. And yet, outlets that simply don’t work are only a nuisance if there are no deeper problems. The real problem with an electric system is when wires have bad connections inside the walls. That is a fire hazard, a very real danger. Codes and regulations have changed over the years, so it’s important to know the history of homebuilding in order to know what to expect to see and what is appropriate to the house when doing an electrical inspection.
The roof is a pretty straight forward part of the inspection. If it is leaking, it has to be repaired. If it has been leaking for a long enough time period, the water damage inside also needs to be repaired. These types of repairs are finished once completed.