While maintaining your home is paramount to safety it’s also important to have your house routinely inspected. Additionally, if you are interested in buying a new home or selling yours having a proper inspection is critical to assessing value. There are a number of things to check for that sometimes only a professional will be equipped to do. These things include everything from electrical, fire, plumbing, heating, and much more. Here we’ll look at some of the common inspections needed for safety and what they’ll be looking for in your home.
A structural inspection is basic but nonetheless critical to ensuring your home is safe. A basic structural inspection will check the walls, ceiling, floors, roof, and foundation for any damage. It’s critical to identify problems early and avoid any structural problems that could later cause harm or further structural damage.
Roof and Attic
Another basic inspection that shares some overlap with a structural inspection. However, in a roof and attic inspect you’ll get a more thorough inspection of your roof as well as a look at framing, ventilation, and flashing and gutters. It’s a good idea to get a regular roof inspection before winter or times you might expect heavy rains and storms.
A basic plumbing inspection will cover all of your pipes for potable, drain, and waste. During a plumbing inspection your showers, sinks, and toilets will also usually be assessed for any damage. One important thing to note is that a plumbing inspection does not include a sewer inspection. Faulty plumbing can lead to leaks which may cause structural damage to your home so it’s important to identify such problems early and ideally before they occur.
A basic electrical inspection is critical to home safety and preventing electrical fires and other sources of home danger. Most inspections will cover your main panel, circuit breakers, wiring, grounding, ceiling fans and light fixtures.
Systems and Components
This is an important inspection because it covers your heating, air conditioning, furnaces, fireplaces, and air ducts. This is a great way to identify any potential dangers as well as locate sources of energy inefficiency.
Lastly, there are a lot of miscellaneous things to check for in your home that will prevent health issues or home damage. These include: asbestos, radon, lead, wood destroying organisms, mold, and rodents. While you don’t need to do so often, a thorough home inspection can save you a lot of grief later.