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Understanding a Home Inspection

As a home buyer, it’s a good idea to make sure the home you have chosen is a good buy. This is where a home inspection comes into play. You can have confidence in purchasing your home once a home inspection is done.

The following are items you will see on a home inspection report:

1. Foundations, Basements, and Structures: basement floor and walls, proper drainage and ventilation, evidence of water seepage
2. Exterior siding, windows, doors: exterior walls, windows and doors, porches, decks, balconies, garage
3. Roof: Roof type and material, condition of gutters and downspouts
4. Interior Plumbing System: Hot and cold water system, the waste system and sewage disposal, water pressure and flow, and hot water equipment
5. Electrical System: Type of service, the number of circuits, type of protection, outlet grounding, and the load balance
6. Central Heating System: Energy source, type of cooling equipment, capacity, and distribution
7. Interior walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors: Walls, floors, ceilings, stairways, cabinets, and countertops
8. Attic: structural, insulation, and ventilation information
9. Fireplace: notes about the chimney, damper and masonry
10. Garage: doors, walls, floor, opener
11. Appliances: includes a wide range of built-in and other home appliances, smoke detectors, and television/cable hookups
12. Lot and landscaping: ground slope away from foundation, condition of walks, steps and driveway


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