General Real Estate

What to Look for During Your Home Inspection

Buying a house is a very big decision and a huge investment, so you want to be sure you’re spending your money wisely. In most states, the homebuyer has the ability to do a home inspection, which allows a professional inspector to walk through the home and take note of anything they find that could be an issue. Sometimes, the homebuyer is allowed to attend the inspection, so if you have the chance, take it. And when you’re there, here are the things you should look for during your home inspection.


Always take a look at the plumbing throughout the home. Turn on every faucet in the home to see that there is enough pressure. When the water is running, check the pipes for that faucet to look for signs of leaking. In addition, you’ll want to turn on all the showerheads too and flush all the toilets. Doing this may seem strange, but it will give you a warning sign if there’s an issue with any of the plumbing in the home.

In addition to looking at the actual plumbing, you should also look for signs of water damage. Check underneath sinks and in cabinets that contain plumbing for signs of water damage. This could be anything from warped cabinetry to a mold/mildew smell. You’ll also want to check the hot water heater for signs of damage. If you notice any of these issues, you should be concerned for what problems could be lying beneath. For more information, visit:


Like plumbing, you’ll want to thoroughly inspect the electrical throughout the home. Take the time to turn all light switches on and off to ensure they work properly. You will also want to test all the electrical outlets to ensure there are no issues with any of them as well. In kitchens and bathrooms, be sure to check for GFI outlets, as these are better for areas where water is present because they will automatically switch the breaker when necessary. Finally, be sure to find the home’s electrical panel and look for any signs of damage or wear and tear that may need to be addressed. If you notice anything that needs to be fixed, you can ask the homeowner to fix these before closing.


While most of your focus may be on the inside of the house, you should also take the time to thoroughly inspect the outside of the home too. Check the home’s siding for any sign of damage, as this could result in mold or water damage. Thoroughly look at windows and doors too for signs of damage or leaking. You should also take time to walk around the home and check the foundation, as foundation issues could lead to flooding and other expensive fixes. Finally, make sure you get on the roof and check for any signs of damage. A roof that needs repair is not only an immediate fix, but something that could pose threats to other parts of your home. If you notice the roof has any issues, you’ll want to have those fixed right away.

Specific Location Issues

Home inspection needs will vary by location, so it’s important for you to think about any location-specific issues that you’ll need to determine during the home inspection. For instance, if the home is close to a body of water, you’ll want to spend a decent amount of time in the basement or checking the foundation for signs of water damage. If the home is in an area that sees a lot of wind, you’ll want to thoroughly inspect the exterior of the home for signs of damage that need to be fixed right away. If it’s an older home, testing for things like asbestos or lead paint could be worthwhile. And for those homes in hotter climates, you’ll want to ensure the air conditioning unit is working well and that all doors and windows are properly sealed. Your home inspector should know what to look for, but it’s never a bad idea to do some research on your own.

Use this home inspection checklist to learn more about the activity. A home inspection gives you the ability to ensure the house you’re about to buy is up to all the necessary standards and gives you an opportunity to ask the current homeowner to fix certain issues. By knowing what to specifically look for, you’ll have a better chance of ensuring the home you’re buying is safe and ready for you to move into.

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1 comment

Andrew Smith September 2, 2019 at 2:36 PM

The location of the home is important as it is not something your can “fix”. If you have bought in the right location you can fix the repairs needed on the house. Good article!


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