Once you realize the importance of regular home inspections and understand how they save money by catching potential problems before developing into large repair jobs, you probably have wondered exactly what goes on during a routine inspection. The short answer is the inspector will go over your house from top to bottom, utilizing their experience to find anything that doesn’t seem right or can become problematic if not corrected.
The inspection starts on the roof. The inspector is looking for any signs of damage, whether missing shingles, compromised sealers around exhaust pipes and chimneys, storm damage, or rodent infestations. Then the inspector may go in the attic to further check for any signs of a water leak while also beginning a check for conditions which give rise to mold problems.
Electric and Plumbing
The inspector is further going to inspect the interior of the house. What you’ll see is the home inspector testing all the electric outlets and light switches for proper function and making sure every plumbing outlet has an appropriate amount of water pressure and drains properly. What you may not realize is he’s also checking for general problem signs. The proper function of doors between rooms and on cabinetry is important. Any sign of the house settling is normal, unless it’s to such an extent as to cause the house to fall out of square and level. The mold inspection continues throughout the house as the inspector tests for acceptable moisture levels in the walls.
The foundation is a further important aspect of the home. The inspector will likely inspect it from outside and from in the basement or crawl space area of your house. He’s looking for cracks or any other damage which may compromise the foundation’s integrity, along with making sure the drainage system is functioning properly to direct water away from the home. He’s going to test under the house for radon and dangerous gases to assure the house is safe to live in, and of course the ongoing check for mold continues as the basement is a common area for mold to begin to form.
Inspections are not typically a big job for the experienced professional but do require very specialized knowledge and experience. Ideally, you’ll have routine inspections conducted and they will save money by preemptively finding needed repairs before the problem causes more damage.