Home Inspection: The Inspection System

 


Article by: Gil Strachan

THE BIG PICTURE

The first step in inspecting a home , Gel Candle Safety: What You Should Know Before You Buy is to examine the big picture for the home. , Modern Metal Storage Buildings Notice the area the home , Designing With Hardwood Floors is located in. Are there other homes , How to Lay Tile: A Beginner's Guide of similar age and construction details relative to the home , Spring Is Here - Give Your Interiors a Lift (and Lend a Helping Hand) you are inspecting? A comparison will give you a general idea of the upkeep of the home. , Gel Candle Safety: What You Should Know Before You Buy Have there been significant modifications to the exterior of the building , How To Grout Your Tile And Stone and if so, how is the workmanship?

EXTERIOR

Start at the exterior front of the house , Modern Metal Storage Buildings and work your way around the house , Get In-Home Care To Help You (clockwise or counter-clockwise) at a distance which allows you to view a complete face comfortably. On each face (front, sides, rear) start your visual inspection at the top of the structure and work your way down to the ground and lot area. As an example, you would start at the front and note the roof , Deterring Birds From Your Home and chimneys, , Get Your Act Together With Kitchen Drawer Organizers the gutters, fascia and soffits. Then, moving down the exterior wall , The Right Cleaning Tools Make Your Job Easier coverings (brick, wood, , Hire a General Contractor aluminum), noting windows, , Five Tips To Quickly Recognize Serious Structural Problems - Home Inspection Tips For Denver-boulder doors, , Ten Things You Need To Know Before Hiring A Remodeling Contractor etc. Examine any porches , Caulking for Comfort and Efficiency or decks , Deterring Birds From Your Home down to the foundation, then the grade or slope of the lot area, followed by any coverings, such as flower , Kids' Closet Organizers beds, walkways, interlocking brick, driveways, etc. Move closer to the house, , Finding Temperature Sensor Deals to examine more closely any details which may have attracted your attention, without skipping any items. Having completed the front, move to the side of the house , Ten Things You Need To Know Before Hiring A Remodeling Contractor and start the same procedure (roof to ground).

INTERIOR

On the interior, , Get Your Act Together With Kitchen Drawer Organizers begin your inspection in the basement , The Basics of Solar Power For Your Home and then follow the system throughout each floor , Three Types of Lighting for Room Remodeling in the house. , Finding Temperature Sensor Deals The system for inspecting the interior , Outdoor Fireplaces and the Best Ways to FInd them is to begin with the floor, , Quick and Easy Autumn Decorating Ideas go to the walls , Basement Waterproofing - Get Ready For Rain and then the ceiling, and then consider any appliances or other items in the room. , Blob Bean Bag Chairs - UK Beanbag Furniture Guide Move from room , Garage Floors - A high tech Floor Coating can help keep everything in order. to room, , Home Gyms Can Be Made More Effective always in the same direction (clockwise or counter-clockwise) so as to not miss any areas. If you see a door, , Saline versus Chlorine – Which is Best For Your Hot Tub or Pool? open it!

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In a finished room , Cleaning Solution: Why We Need To Read The Label And Be Aware Of The Contents you would notice the floors, , A Guide To Buying A Down Comforter walls , Plastic Laminate Countertops Explained (including windows) and ceiling. Next look for the heat , AS/NZS5762:2005 In-ServiceSafety Inspection and Testing - Repaired Electrical Equipment Standard sources, electrical outlets and switches, fireplaces, closets etc. In bathroom , The Basics of Solar Power For Your Home or kitchen, , Small Home Appliances notice the floor, , Deterring Birds From Your Home walls , Window curtains, rods and drapes are a simple solution to home décor needs. and ceiling, then the plumbing , A ceiling fan right there fixtures.

CONDITION

While performing the inspection, whether at the exterior, the interior , Vinyl Siding or one of the mechanical systems, note the system first, then its relative condition. For example, if you were inspecting a wall , A ceiling fan right there on the interior , The Basics of Solar Power For Your Home of the home , Electronic Air Cleaners you would first note that the wall , Spring Into Action: Home Maintenance is plaster, and then examine the wall , Spring Into Action: Home Maintenance for cracks and irregularities.

PROBLEMS

The following are some typical problems or occurances to look for in the major components and systems of the home. , Hire a General Contractor

ROOF

Is the ridge (peak) showing a sag, or is it straight and level?

Is the roof , Blob Bean Bag Chairs - UK Beanbag Furniture Guide sagging between the rafters or trusses?

Are there any signs of deterioration of asphalt shingles, such as curling, wasping, broken edges, rounded corners or key holes (slits) becoming wider that normal?

Any loose flashings, at the chimney, , Choosing And Cleaning Shower Curtains roof-to-wall connection or elsewhere? Does the wooden roof , What Are The Different Types And Qualities Of Stained Glass? deck appear rotted or delaminated under the last row of shingles?

Are there any roof , Bathroom Remodeling For the Luxury of Style vents visible?

CHIMNEYS
Is the masonry cap cracked or broken?
Are any bricks flaking or missing? Mortar missing?
Is the chimney , Hire a General Contractor leaning?

SOFFITS AND FASCIA
Note whether the soffits and fascia are wood, , A Guide To Buying A Down Comforter aluminum or plastic
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If wood, , Spring Is Here - Give Your Interiors a Lift (and Lend a Helping Hand) are there any paint , How To Grout Your Tile And Stone problems? Any visible rot?

GUTTERS AND DOWNSPOUTS
Ensure gutters slope down toward downspouts
Any rust or peeling paint?
Apparent leaks or loose/sagging sections?
Are the downspouts extended away from the foundations?

WALL COVERINGS
Look for missing , Log Homes - Finding the Perfect Log Home Plan mortar
Are the bricks flaking or cracking?
Look for loose, missing , How To Grout Your Tile And Stone or rotted siding, deteriorated paint. , Plastic Laminate Countertops Explained
Does the siding appear new? Does it hide the foundation wall?
Exterior walls , Spring Into Action: Home Maintenance bowed, bulged or leaning?

WINDOWS AND DOORS
Look for problems with paint , Granite counter tops Part.I or caulking, and rotted wood , Finding Temperature Sensor Deals components.
Are the windows , Oreck Vacuum Cleaners – Can You Believe the Hype? new or older? Are they the original windows? How old are they?

PORCHES AND DECKS
Cracking or flaking masonry?
Check for paint , Get In-Home Care To Help You problems, rotted wood, , Blob Bean Bag Chairs - UK Beanbag Furniture Guide and wood-earth contact.
Note any settlement or separation from the house. , The Right Cleaning Tools Make Your Job Easier
Inspect the underside, if accessible.

FOUNDATIONS
Check for cracks, flaking or damaged masonry.
Note any water , Gel Candle Safety: What You Should Know Before You Buy markings and effluorescence (whitish, chalky substance)
Any bowing, buldging or other irregularities?
Soft mortar?

LOT AREA
Does the grade slope away from the house?
Any settled/low areas next to the foundation, or cracked walks/driveway?
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BASEMENT
Note any evidence of water , Oreck Vacuum Cleaners – Can You Believe the Hype? penetration (stains, mildew/odors, effluorescence, loose tiles , Hire a General Contractor etc.)

FLOORS
Check for deteriorated coverings or cracked ceramics.
Any water , Advice on proofing Your Deck staining or other damage?
Sloping or sagging?

WALLS
Randomly sample to check that the windows , Guide to Finding the Best Mohawk, Berber or Carpet Tiles and doors , Designing With Hardwood Floors work.
Are the walls , Small Home Appliances straight vertically and horizontally?
Look for cracked or loose plaster.
Look for stains, physical damage or previous repair , Three Types of Lighting for Room Remodeling evidence.
Any drywall seams or nails , Five Tips To Quickly Recognize Serious Structural Problems - Home Inspection Tips For Denver-boulder showing?

CEILINGS
Check for cracks in the plaster or loose, sagging plaster.
Look for stains, mechanical damage or evidence of previous repair. , Window curtains, rods and drapes are a simple solution to home décor needs.
Seams or nails , Window curtains, rods and drapes are a simple solution to home décor needs. showing?

BATHROOMS AND KITCHENS
Check that all fixtures are secure.
Are there any cracks in the fixtures?
Note the conditon of the tiles , Log Homes - Finding the Perfect Log Home Plan and caulking in the tub/shower area.
Are the faucets working? Do they leak? Sufficient water , What Are The Different Types And Qualities Of Stained Glass? pressure?
Look for staining and rot under the counter-tops
Randomly sample the operation of the cabinet doors , A Guide To Buying A Down Comforter and drawers.

ELECTRO-MECHANICAL CONSIDERATIONS
Type, style and age of heating & cooling systems. When were they last inspected or serviced?
Type of water , Advice on proofing Your Deck supply piping and drains - any visible rust and corrosion?
Size and age of electical service - are the outlets grounded?
Visible wiring in good condtion?
Have there been any upgrades?
Copyright Gil Strachan - All rights reserved.

Gil Strachan is a professional home , A ceiling fan right there inspector, representing Electrospec Home , Window curtains, rods and drapes are a simple solution to décor needs. Inspection Services in east-central Ontario, Canada since 1994. Visit http://www.allaroundthehouse.com to learn more about home , Granite counter tops Part.I inspections.

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