When looking for a new house, we’re all nervous we’ll choose a money pit. And while it’s always a good idea to hire a professional home inspector before you buy, there are some major problems you might be able to spot yourself. Doing a little inspecting during your initial showing can save house hunting time and inspection costs.
Most of us recognize that seeing cracks or water stains could mean trouble, but it helps to have a cheat sheet so you don’t get home and realize you forgot to look at the outside walls or roof condition. Here is a checklist of red flags I’ve compiled that you can print off and take house notes on.
This is list is only to be used as a rough guide.
Visible cracks in exterior foundation
Cracks and uneven pavement in driveway or sidewalks
Downspout drainage not pointed away from house
Unlevel facia boards
Yard slopes toward house
Large trees with roots close to foundation
Cracks in walls (check interior and exterior)
Floors visibly not level
Window not square
Walls not square at corners
Gaps atop interior doors when closed
Doors jam or won’t latch
Water stains on walls
Cracks around windows
Missing caulking or tile in shower/bath
No bathroom ventilation
Wood rot around exterior doors and trim
Leaking faucets, bath, or toilets
Cupped, curled, or warped shingles
Loss of granulation (you can check gutters)
Cracked or broken tiles (terra cotta)
Mismatched roof sections/repairs
Ceiling replacement seams
If you see a possible problem with with a house, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should kick it to the curb, it just means it’s time to call in the professional for a more thorough investigation. It also means you could use it to your advantage to negotiate a lower price.
~ From your friends at JB Home Inspection
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