When buying a home, we always recommend completing a home inspection. A thorough examination of the home gives you the opportunity to address problems before the sale. For more reasons to have a home inspection, click here. However, many people just don't know what to look for during a home inspection.

Most professional real estate inspectors will not only allow you to accompany them, they will insist on it. It gives the inspector the opportunity to answer your questions, and bring major issues to your attention immediately. If you don’t know what questions to ask, here are 7 things you should ask your inspector about. Shortly after the visual inspection is complete, your real estate inspector will give you a written report.

Don't be too surprised if the real estate inspector creates a long list of discrepancies. It is their job to discover all potential problems, large and small. For example, the roof may be in good condition but it has reached the end of its lifespan and may need replacing soon.

Here are a few priority items to look for during a real estate inspection:

  • Structural Support — Foundation, support beams, and framing.

  • Plumbing — Water pressure, drainage, and proper shut-offs.

  • Heating &  Cooling — Condition of HVAC units, thermostats, filters, and pumps.

  • Roof — Broken or missing shingles, gutters, downspouts, and skylights.

  • Hard to Reach — Attics, crawl spaces, insulation, and ventilation.

  • Electrical — Wiring, breaker boxes, outlets, and light switches.

You have several options if issues are found. You can always continue with the sale and buy the home as-is. But it's often possible to ask the seller to fix the problems or provide a credit so that you can fix them yourself. If the buyer and seller cannot agree on how to resolve the issue, each can walk away from the deal.

If you would like to talk more about what to look for during a real estate inspection, or need more information, please contact a Door agent today!.