So, have you just got your offer accepted for a dream house recently? For sure, it is a matter of great joy for you and your family but you are only done with half the job - if that doesn’t spoil you party. In order to get that home you need to inspect it thoroughly because chances are that no matter how fancy it may look from the outside, there will be problems lying in the corner.
The problems that we are talking about here are not associated with the peeling paint but the big-ticket items that can potentially affect the livability factor as well. So, we are presenting a detailed home inspection checklist that we think you should pay attention to while buying the house of your dreams. By doing so, you would not only be able to analyze the problems of the house but also make a fair deal with the owner considering the state of the house.
The number of things to be checked are listed below.
1- Oil Tank
First up, if you are buying a house that gets heated with the help of an oil tank and you also want to keep it the same way then there is no problem. But if the house gets heated up with the help of gas then chances are that for once the house might have been heated up by oil and you need to make sure that you spot the oil tank.
The oil tank is usually filled with sand or gravel. In case, it is empty, you would want to leave it at the same place but sometimes if the place is wrong or there is a slight risk of tank bringing damage to the property with any leak, you should get it removed immediately.
Under normal circumstances, a standard home inspector would check out the entire heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system to ensure that it is working perfectly at the time of buying. However, at the same time, he won’t ever give the guarantee that the system would keep on working for times to come.
A good cover-up for you being the homeowner can be that you ask the inspector about the number of years the air conditioning condenser would last. They make such estimates by going through the serial number and normally, a condenser lasts for 12-25 years.
If we go by the reports that problems associated to roofs turn out to make 39% of overall insurance claims by homeowners. For sure, you wouldn’t want to buy any house that has problems in its roof because in the end when we buy a house, we basically lookout for a shelter for ourselves and then if the shelter has problems, what will you do of such a house?
Hence, it is extremely important that you check the health of the roof thoroughly on time. Besides that, you should also ask the owner if the roof warranty will transfer with the purchase or not.
A lot of homeowners may not realize this initially but chimneys can be a really costly affair if you are not going to inspect it at the time of buying and later it turns out damaged. Your inspector should definitely check out any signs of damage being done to the chimney lining, any faults in the masonry or corrosion. Getting the whole chimney place rebuild would absolutely be the last thing that you would want considering the fact that you would actually be going to buy an expensive house.
5- Water Drainage
It is no hidden fact now that water is often regarded as the biggest enemy of any house. It can potentially damage the foundation, walls, roofs, or any place inside the house. Hence, it is the inspector’s utmost responsibility to make sure that there is no presence of water inside the vicinity of the house, check the gutters and spouts, and more importantly, look out for any moldy walls with the help of proper infrared cameras. There should be no compromise at all when checking out the water drainage system and the presence of any amount of water inside or outside the new house.
6- Electricity System
When inspecting the electrical system of the house in detail, there are majorly two things that you will have to check with extra care: knob and tube wiring. Although both of these are usually found in old homes but you really never know if the electrical system of the place you are about to buy exists underground. Besides that for modern homes, you should also see the state of the electric panel because that is where most of the tripping happens and you wouldn’t want that.
7- Quality of Flooring
After looking at the floors as a part of plain sight process, you should dig in deep to find out any problems that may exist in sub-floors covered with carpet, tile or lamination. Detecting soft spots can be pretty easy as you can feel if the wood is weak by walking on the floor or even smell the place to know if the place is wood rot. Besides that, you should also make sure that the place you are about to buy does not have carpenter bees, carpenter ants, powder post beetles, and, of course, termites residing inside.
8- Waste System
If you are about to buy a home that is relatively older then chances are that it will have a septic system but since over the time that concept has almost vanished, now homeowners go for the cave-in as a part of their waste systems. You should also lookout for the state of sewer pipes and make sure that everything around the house is crystal clean for the right disposal of waste.
Now that you have the home inspection checklist before buying an old house, we really also hope that you not only depend on the inspector but also look out for the things mentioned above yourself as well.