What Do Home Inspectors Look For?

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If you’re like many people, you know that you’ll need to hire a home inspector to search for problems in any home you’re interested in buying. But what is a home inspector looking for, and what can you do if he or she finds major issues?

Sellers Disclosing a Home’s Issues

Sellers are supposed to let you know if a home has issues, but in some cases, the sellers don’t know the issues exist. Very rarely, homeowners do know about a home’s defects but fail to mention them to potential buyers; sometimes this is because they don’t want the defects to affect the sale.

What Do Home Inspectors Look for During Inspection?

A home inspector doesn’t care whether or not you choose to buy the home. The inspector’s job is to make sure you have enough information to make a good decision, no matter what it is. Your inspector won’t be biased in favor of you or the seller; he or she will be paid either way.

Your inspector will check the home’s:

  • Structure, from the foundation to the roof.
  • Exterior, searching for deterioration, leaks and a number of other flaws.
  • Interior, looking at doorways, walls, countertops and everything within the home (including appliances, flooring, stairs and electrical outlets).
  • HVAC system to find out whether filters, supply pipes and entire heating and cooling units are working.
  • Plumbing, from water flow to drains and pipes, including the wastewater system equipping the house.

Once the inspector has finished checking the home, he or she will prepare an in-depth report that includes any issues uncovered during the process. You’ll be able to use the report to make a decision on whether the home is a good choice for you. In many cases, buyers can use issues that arise to negotiate during the buying process; it’s a good idea to talk to your Realtor® about your options if a home has issues that you didn’t know about before you decided to buy.

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