What to inspect when you’re inspecting…
It is said, the weight of a house rests on its foundation. Although this is true, there are many other things to pay attention to when buying a house. A good Realtor© will point out topical concerns but it is a professional inspector’s job to get deep down and look for hidden issues.
Below is a list of recommendations for home inspection:
1. Exterior. Make sure the exterior of the house and the roof are in good condition (this includes the siding, the flashing, the driveway, the patio and any drainage systems.)
2. Interior. Check that the interior of the house including the walls, the ceilings, the stairs, the handrails, windows, doors and flooring are all in working order.
3. HVAC. There should be a thorough inspection of the heating systems, determining the furnace’s useful life and whether there are any safety or maintenance concerns.
4. Mechanics. There should be an inspection of the chimneys, pipes, vents, filters and other related items.
5. Electrical. Make sure the electrical systems and wiring are up to code and are in proper working order.
6. Water. Water related items including filtrations systems, water temperature, connections etc. should be properly inspected. If there is a well there should be additional inspections conducted.
7. Septic. If there is a septic system a thorough inspection should be conducted.
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8. Oil tanks. Any house that includes property should include a thorough sweep for oil tanks. This is very important as a the removal of a leaking tank can be quite costly and delay the closing.
9. Radon. Check for radon as remediation may be required.
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10. Areas of concern. Have an inspection conducted of anything else that may be of concern.
11. Ask. Ask the inspector if there are any items that should concern you.
For more information, or if you need a referral for a knowledgeable Realtor© in your area, contact:
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
211 South Street
Morristown, NJ 07960
(O) 973-267-8990 x153