Monday, December 19, 2011

Will Your Home Pass Inspection? Part Nine

Moving on Mondays

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. These last weeks, we looked at storage areas, living areas, bedrooms and bathrooms. In our final installment, we're looking at your utilities.

• Is the furnace in good condition?
• Has the furnace been cleaned recently?
• Have the air ducts been cleaned recently?
• Do underground fuel tanks need attention?
• Is the septic system working properly?
• Has the septic system been inspected recently?
• Does the plumbing drain properly?
• Is the water heater in good condition?
• Has the water heater been drained recently?
• Is there adequate water pressure on all levels?
• Do exterior faucets work properly?
• Is electricity up to code?
• Are wires covered?
• Are outlets in good condition? Not overloaded?
• Do carbon monoxide/smoke detectors work?
• Are there signs of mold?

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