“Can I do my own home inspection?”

If we ever get this question, our answer is always “NO”!

We repeat, do not do your own home inspection.

Even if you have a comprehensive list of things to check, knowing exactly what to look for within that list is also important. Inspectors come with years of experience and can make predictions about issues that might arise later due to current conditions, something most home buyers can’t do. Save yourself thousands down the line by going with a professional home inspector who knows what they’re doing.

A home inspector will thoroughly check for several issues depending on the property—here are some examples:

  • Rotting in trees and shrubbery
  • Structural inconsistencies within the foundation of a home
  • Plumbing problems or faulty downspouts that result in standing puddles
  • Defects in the roof shingles, chimneys, and skylights and loose gutters
  • Cracking or flaking in the brickwork near the basement and the exterior stucco
  • Blistering or flaking paint
  • Insufficient caulking in door and window frames
  • Damage to glass in windows and doors
  • Faults in the framing indicated by leaning walls
  • Leaking water spots in the ceilings
  • Insulation deficiencies
  • Faulty toilets, taps, tiles, and tub fastenings
  • Improper kitchen fan ventilation
  • Leaky sinks
  • Functional cabinets and drawers
  • Damaged pipes, drains, and water heaters
  • Issues with wiring, electrical panels, and the HVAC system
  • Age of mechanical equipment

Though a good home inspector will have your back, it’s important that you point out any red flags before they begin, so they know to give extra attention to specific issues you’re concerned about. You should also inform them of any damage the seller has alerted you to. It’s best practice to accompany an inspector on their visit as well—this will provide you with peace of mind and will make it easier for the inspector to offer their thoughts and opinions on the spot.

We’ve seen a lot of inspections throughout our time finding people their perfect home, so we’re happy to help you get yours sorted out. Get in touch for more information or if you need a hand finding a trustworthy and thorough home inspector.

Indre Valadka Paz and Lara Stasiw, Sales Representatives

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