New Home Buyer Guide

Getting a Home Inspection? What to Expect.

Buying a house?  Then you’ll want to get a home inspection. Here’s what to expect.

I recommend making your offer subject to a satisfactory home inspection. These are some of the questions the home inspector should answer for you:

  • Action Steps First Time Home BuyersIs the home structurally safe?  Is it soundly built?
  • What condition is the home’s exterior?
  • What condition is the roof in?
  • Is the ventilation and insulation adequate?
  • Are the heating and AC systems working properly?
  • Are the windows and doors in good working order?
  • Are the plumbing fixtures working properly?
  • Where is the main water shut-off valve?
  • Is the electrical panel properly labeled?
  • Is there any evidence of water leaks in the basement or crawlspace?
  • Are the gutters and downspouts working as intended to control water?
  • Are smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors installed and working properly?
  • Does the home have a security system?
  • Is there evidence of pests (ants, termites, rodents)?
  • Is there mold, radon, or asbestos present?

Once the home inspection is completed, the inspector usually emails you a report with photos that you can use to negotiate any deficient items with the sellers. If inspector referrals are needed, just ask.  I know several good ones!