3 Things That Home Inspectors Look For

Posted on: 8 November 2016

Before you make a serious offer on a new house, there are certain things that you should do. One of those things is to have a home inspector come out to your house and check everything out. An inspector will look at everything and write a report for you. That report will tell you what things are in good shape, what problems the inspector found, and what may need to be done about any problems. That information can help you when you are finalizing your sale. But, what does the home inspector look at?

Pest Infestations

Pest infestations include bats in the attic, rats in the crawl space, termites in the beams, and everything in between. The inspector will look for things like small piles of sawdust around the wooden beams, which can be a sign that there are termites in the beams. They will also look for things like animal droppings or scratch marks that can show where animals have been getting into the house and creating their dens. The home inspector may also look for areas where raccoons, bats, rats, or mice might be able to get in, even if they don't see any evidence that the pests invaded the house. 

Dampness

Another thing that the home inspector is going to look for is evidence of water getting into the house. Water leaking in can cause problems in the roof and the basement. Among other things, it can cause the ceiling to fall and cause cracks in the foundation of the house, which can weaken the house altogether. In order to find any evidence of water, the inspector is going to have to spend plenty of time looking at crawl spaces, basements, and attics. They will look for small discolorations, bubbling paint, and small cracks. The inspector will likely use a very strong flashlight so that they can see any of those signs, no matter how small they are. 

Roof Damage

The home inspector will also get up on the roof and look at it. They will look for any damage on the roof, which could include things like loose shingles, loose flashing, or missing gutters. All these things can cause moisture to leak in through the roof and down into the house. 

If you are getting ready to buy a house, make sure that you have a home inspector come and check it out first. That way you are going into the deal with eyes wide open. For more information, contact a company like Catawba Island Home Inspections.

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