So, you’ve found it; the home you and your family have been looking for. There’s just one last step before you can feel comfortable and confident calling it yours; the home inspection. But what exactly happens at a home inspection? What should you make sure is covered during the process? What do home inspectors look for? What are some of the particular issues they focus on? At AmeriSpec Home Inspection Service, we have been providing expert home inspection to the Twin Cities for over 20 years and have fielded many of these same questions. We take pride in keeping the community and our customers well informed on the details. That’s why we’ve put together a general list of issues common to homes so you can get an idea of what a home inspection covers and the types of things we look for.
We inspect the walls from floor base to ceiling. They will be eyed thoroughly to seek out shifting or cracks in the foundation. Have some tree roots invaded the home? A crumbling foundation is not a good thing and the cost of repair can be quite high.
Does the lower level have or had flooding issues? If so, is there mold and is it damp? Is the basement properly insulated where needed?
Electric & Wiring
Aged or shoddy wiring can be a huge expense and inconvenience to repair and/or replace. In worst case scenarios, fires can erupt as a result. Should the home inspection yield bad wiring information, call in an electrician to assess the sate of things and estimate a cost of repair.
Many potential issues can exist or arise with a home’s plumbing. From poor drainage to ill-functioning sewer lines and piping, there are several things that should be checked during or prior to your home inspection. Poor drainage and plumbing can lead to wet lower levels, wood rot and mold growth.
Roof & Drainage
These are two big ones. The roof’s condition will always be assessed. Is it in good shape or does it need some work? Are there any low-hanging tree branches that could cause problems in the future or are currently causing problems?
Is water draining away from the house? Home inspections will take a close look to see if there are any obviously soggy areas around the house.
And, these are just a few of the areas we take a look at during a home inspection. When you’re ready to learn more about a home inspection for your Twin Cities home, give AmeriSpec a call at 952-854-5110 or Contact Us.