What Do Home Inspectors Look For?


As a home inspector, I‘ve been asked many times,What do you look for during a home inspection?” While there are many answer to that question, today I‘ll focus on five key areas that I always inspect when evaluating a home.

The first area I Inspect is the roof. I‘m looking for any signs of damage or wear and tear. I also check to make sure that the gutters and downspouts are clear and in good working condition.

The second area I focus on is the foundation. I‘m looking for any cracks or settling that could indicate problems with the foundation. I also check around doors and windows to make sure they‘re properly sealed and caulked.

The third area I inspect is the plumbing system. I check all the faucets and fixtures to make sure they‘re in good working order. I also flush all the toilets to check for proper operation. I check under all the sinks to look for any leaks or water damage.

The fourth area I inspect is the electrical system. I start by checking outlets to make sure they‘re properly grounded and have proper protection. Then, I examine all the wiring to look for any signs of damage or wear. Finally, I make sure to test all the light fixtures to ensure everything is in proper working order. The electrical inspection can turn up some surprising things, so be sure not to neglect it!

The fifth and final area I inspect is the HVAC system, including examining all the ductwork for any signs of leaks or damage. Finally, I test the furnace and air conditioner to make sure they‘re both working properly. These are just a few of the things that I look for during a home inspection.

In addition to these five areas, I also inspect the attic, basement, and crawlspace (if accessible). If you‘re considering buying a home, it‘s important to have it inspected by a qualified professional before making an offer. Get in touch with Steve Smallman Inspections for a thorough and in-depth consultation from a trusted home inspection company.

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