Home Inspector | The eight-point home inspection guideline was first proposed by the American Society of Home Inspectors. This check does not replace a more thorough home inspection, but rather can be done prior to placing a bid on a home. Here are the eight key items that a home inspector uses check whether a home is safe, structurally sound, and sanitary.
1. Roof and Gutters
In this area, the home inspector should look for any worn, missing, or curling shingles. Rain gutters should be clear of debris and sloped toward downspouts, which in turn should face away from the home.
2. Land Grading
If the land is correctly graded, the house should sit slightly above the rest of the plot of land. This will insure the rain drains away from the house.
3. Foundation Cracks and Sags
Examine the layer of concrete between the ground and the home’s siding. While hairline fractures usually aren’t serious, be wary of homes with larger cracks or any areas where the concrete doesn’t match up.
If the home has an attic, check the underside of the roof for signs of leaks and darkened patches. Broken roof rafters and trusses are also a bad sign.
5. HVAC and Water Pipes
Heating and air conditioning systems should be in good condition. When properly maintained, these systems last for 10 to 20 years. Copper pipes are ideal, and homes with lead pipes should be avoided.
Check for leaks and proper drainage. Also, signs of water damage on the ceiling drywall.
7. Electrical Systems
Any aged or obviously jury-rigged systems should be cause for concern.
8. General Upkeep
Check the entire property for signs that the home has not been properly maintained, such as mildew, wood rot, unsealed or damaged driveways or decks, and other red flags of general neglect.