Monday, October 17, 2011

Will Your Home Pass Inspection?

Moving on Monday

Before you purchase a new home, you have an inspector look at it for any major problems. The results may be a deal breaker if the issues are serious enough. If you have your home for sale, put yourself in the buyer's shoes. What would they find on a home inspection of your property?

Avoid any surprises by having your own home inspection. The next few weeks will be a checklist of things to look for around your home. Here's what to look at when inspecting the exterior of your home.

• Are any painted areas peeling?
• Is the siding loose or damaged in any area?
• Are wood doors and windows rotted or peeling?
• Is the mortar between bricks missing or worn?
• Are soffits and fascia in need of paint or repair?
• Are walkways cracked or uneven?
• Do the stairs have an adequate railing?
• Are steps of equal height?
• Do steps need painting or repair?
• Are deck boards warped? Nails secure?
• Are deck railings loose or wobbly?
• Are deck railings within building safety code?
• Are exterior lights working?
• Are there any signs of rodent or pest infestation?
• Are gutters and spouts clear of debris?
• Is the foundation cracked/uneven?
• Are roof shingles missing/worn?
• Is flashing loose/missing mortar?
• Is chimney clear?
• Are any window panes broken or cracked?

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