Your guide to home inspection

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7 Steps to Home Inspection
  1. 1. The inspector will check the foundation to identify any shifts or cracks. This includes checking the base of your walls and spotting tree roots that are encroaching on your house's foundation.

  2. 2. Basement evaluation is necessary to spot any evidence of water penetration and dampness. Some homes have a crawlspace instead of a basement, and the inspector must check it too.

  3. 3. The plumbing system must be in a proper working condition, and the fixtures should not have cracks. Your inspector will evaluate the state of caulking and tiles in your shower.

  4. 4. Your electrical system should work seamlessly. The switches must work, and all the outlets should be grounded. The inspector will determine if a functioning expandable electricity panel exists.

  5. 5. Interior inspection entails checking the walls, ceilings and floors for cracks and water damage. The ceiling should not sag, and the walls must be straight both horizontally and vertically.

  6. 6. Roof inspection covers leak detection and water damage in your attic and roof. There should be no trees encroaching on your roof. Your chimney must be straight with a correctly installed mortar.

  7. 7. A qualified inspector will verify that your heating and cooling systems are working efficiently. They will note the age of your furnace and look for potential HVAC problems.

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