As a buyer evaluating a potential property, you have your eyes tuned into a certain set of conditions you deem necessary to proceed with the purchase. Maybe it’s the number of bedrooms and bathrooms or the size and layout of the kitchen. Whatever the criteria, your approach to evaluating a home will likely be different in many ways than the approach a certified master inspector will take. And that’s a good thing. It’s why you hire a home inspector in the first place. Getting an unbiased home inspection is important not only from a safety perspective, it also can save you a lot of money. Even homes that seem perfect could have underlying issues.
When you hire an inspector to look at your property, here are some common areas you can be sure will be inspected:
Basements and Crawlspaces
You might not feel like walking around a damp basement or crawlspace, but your home inspector definitely won’t balk at it. In fact, it’s a critical area to inspect for signs of mold, mildew, and other water damage because high moisture levels can signal serious trouble for the foundational integrity of the entire property.
Your inspector will make sure you’re protected from the top as well, which means making sure your roof is well-maintained and not posing any safety risks or threats of water damage.
Poor drainage, leaky faucets or plumbing, water pressure checks, and more are all common plumbing areas your inspector will examine. Signs of damaged or rusty pipes could lead to more serious problems if not addressed right away.
Depending on the age of the home or various upgrades that have occurred to the property over time, it’s important to test whether the electrical panel and circuit breaker are equipped to handle the safety needs of the home and are up to code. If the property has a home generator, that will be inspected too.
At GI Joe Home Inspections, we will examine and test every inch of your property to ensure safety standards and building codes are met. Ultimately, the results of the inspection coupled with your goals and expectations for the home should give you the confidence and peace of mind you need to go into the final purchase. If you have questions about a home inspection, give us a call at 786-732-0342.