Planning to buy a home without a professional home inspection? The situation may not be ideal, but it might be necessary. In a hot market, you don’t always have time to wait for an inspection.
These tips for a DIY home inspection can give you some peace of mind before you make a purchase.
Repairing a damaged foundation can be expensive. To prevent buying a home with a damaged foundation, check the outside foundation wall. Look for any visible cracks or any other signs of deterioration.
If the home has a basement, you can also check the interior foundation. Check the walls for cracks and water penetration. Water shouldn’t be able to get into the basement. If it can, the fix could be costly. You should also look for water damage or mold. Mold on a basement wall can cause structural damage, as well as health problems.
Your windows and doors should keep the outside elements out of your home. In order to do that, they need strong locks and seals. Make sure all of the windows and doors are fitted with locks. Be sure to test them all for functionality.
It’s also important to check the seals and caulking of the windows and doors. Can you feel a draft entering the home? Is the window completely sealed? Check carefully, and don’t skip any of the windows.
You probably don’t spend much time staring at ceilings. But in your DIY home inspection, you should. Check the ceiling for signs of water damage or cracking. If you notice any spots that look wet, be sure to ask about them.
You can also spot potential problems by looking for signs of ceiling repair. Is the paint brighter in one spot than another? Ask the homeowner about any places in the ceiling that appear to have been repaired.
You can tell a lot about a home’s plumbing by looking under the sinks. Check for any current leaks by running the water and looking at the pipes. Any signs of water damage could be an indicator of a prior leak.
Some tools can give you valuable information about a home. Use an outlet tester to make sure all the outlets are connected and working well. To check for water damage, use a moisture detector. It can alert you to leaks or spots that could be ideal for mold growth. And finally, use a laser measure to verify that the rooms are all the right size. Make sure the home has the square footage that it claims to have.
You don’t need to give up on your home because of bad results from your DIY inspection. Instead, you can use your results to help you get a better deal on the house. Or, use it to learn more about the problems from the owner.