What Your Home Inspection Should Cover

SIDING: Look for dents or buckling

FOUNDATIONS: Look for cracks or water seepage

EXTERIOR BRICK: Look for cracked bricks or mortar pulling away from bricks

INSULATION: Look for condition, adequate rating for climate

DOORS AND WINDOWS: Look for loose or tight fits, condition of locks, condition of weatherstripping

ROOF:  Look for age, conditions of flashing, pooling water, buckled shingles, or loose gutters and downspouts

CEILINGS, WALLS, AND MOLDINGS: Look for loose pieces, drywall that is pulling away

PORCH/DECK: Loose railings or step, rot

ELECTRICAL: Look for condition of fuse box/circuit breakers, number of outlets in each room

PLUMBING: Look for poor water pressure, banging pipes, rust spots or corrosion that indicate leaks, sufficient insulation

WATER HEATER: Look for age, size adequate for house, speed of recovery, energy rating

FURNACE/AIR CONDITIONING: Look for age, energy rating; Furnaces are rated by annual fuel utilization efficiency; the higher the rating, the lower your fuel costs. However, other factors such as payback period and other operating costs, such as electricity to operate motors.

GARAGE: Look for exterior in good repair; condition of floor—cracks, stains, etc.; condition of door mechanism

BASEMENT: Look for water leakage, musty smell

ATTIC: Look for adequate ventilation, water leaks from roof

SEPTIC TANKS (if applicable): Adequate absorption field capacity for the percolation rate in your area and the size of your family

DRIVEWAYS/SIDEWALKS: Look for cracks, heaving pavement, crumbling near edges, stains