When purchasing a home, it is a good idea to have the home checked out by a professional home inspector. I recommend making your offer subject to a satisfactory home inspection. These are some of the questions the home inspector should answer for you.
- Is the home structurally safe? Is it soundly built?
- What condition is the home’s exterior?
- What condition is the roof in?
- Is the ventilation and insulation adequate?
- Are the heating and AC systems working properly?
- Are the windows and doors in good working order?
- Are the plumbing fixtures working properly?
- Where is the main water shut-off valve?
- Is the electrical panel properly labeled?
- Is there any evidence of water leaks in the basement or crawlspace?
- Are the gutters and downspouts working as intended to control water?
- Are smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors installed and working properly?
- Does the home have a security system?
- Is there evidence of pests (ants, termites, rodents)?
- Is there mold, radon, or asbestos present?
Once the home inspection is completed, the inspector usually emails you a report with photos that you can use to negotiate any deficient items with the sellers. If inspector referrals are needed, just ask. I know several good ones!