As most buyers know, once your home search has lead you to “the one”, a home inspection is a must. You can start with your own preliminary inspection prior to submitting your offer. Pay close attention to deficiencies that you are unwilling to repair upon move-in.
Below are 6 things you should focus on when conducting your preliminary inspection. Following this, it is highly recommended that you contact a licensed professional to fully inspect the interior and exterior of your South Florida home…Sherlock Holmes style.
1. Check the Foundation of the Home- Ensure there aren’t any cracks at the base of the walls or ceilings. This could be a sign of a shifting foundation. Outside of the home check for the same signs to ensure the foundation of the home is sturdy and unobstructed.
2. Check the land- Does the land surrounding the home have adequate drainage? This ensures the land is not highly prone to flooding. Also not gauge how far the drainage is from the home and look for damp, soiled areas.
3. Check the Roof- How old is the roof? Are there trees nearby that could possibly cause damage? Are each of the separate shingles/panels fully secure and intact?
4. Check the General Exterior- Is the exterior paint in good shape? Are the drainage systems fully intact? Are there any loose panels, wires, or obstructions of any sort?
5. Evidence of leaks: Check ceilings, windows, the attic, and the basement for signs of leaks. Look for water stains or dampness.
6. Insulation- Ensure the home has superior insulation to prevent mold and promote a cost-effective, eco-friendly flow throughout the home.
For your professional-
Be sure to have your professional check the electrical wiring, plumbing, and heating/cooling system to ensure each is functioning properly. This is, of course, in addition to each of the basic items listed above.