DENVER – If you’re buying a home (or looking for one), an important part of the process is having a home inspection done before closing.
By bringing in an inspector, you can make sure the home you’re buying doesn’t have any major problems before you put down any money.
There are some important parts of the home that your inspector should focus on to make sure everything is in tip-top shape.
Here are 7 common problem areas:
The foundation of your home is...well…the foundation of the structure and as such, it’s important to the building’s structural integrity. An inspector will look for cracks and signs of shifting, which may be apparent in the walls and ceilings.
To make sure the roof is in proper working order, look for things like missing or damaged shingles and flashing, as well as signs of rot.
Older homes in particular can have issues with the wiring and plumbing. All outlets and switches should be in good working condition. You’ll also want to make sure the electrical system can handle any appliances you’re planning to install. Your inspector should also check the home’s plumbing for any issues and if you have a septic system, that should be checked as well.
Thanks to Colorado’s dry climate, dampness isn’t usually a huge issue here, but if you have a leak in the basement or a cracked foundation, you might have a situation that could lead to mold or mildew.
Another problem that can lead to water where you don’t want it is poor drainage. If the ground around the home slopes toward the house, you could end up with water damage to your foundation or water in your basement/crawlspaces.
Any inspection should include a look at the home’s heating and cooling systems to make sure everything is in proper working order. If the systems are old, it might be worth considering replacing them with more modern, efficient systems.
Checking a home’s windows and doors is another important step in making sure your home can heat up and cool down efficiently. The inspector should look at the door and window frames to make sure they’re secure and that any caulking is still in place.
The American Society of Home Inspectors has more information on its website here.