Inspection: During Attorney Review
17 Questions to Ask During Our Home Inspection:
- How long do you think the roof will last? The inspector can estimate the remaining life span of the roof. You might even get advice about how to squeeze out an extra year or two. Minor repairs now could put off expensive roof replacement until you’ve had time to save.
- What kind of insulation is in the attic? Is it enough? Is there proper ventilation? In cold weather, attic insulation might never be enough. Find out if it’s adequate. Insufficient insulation nudges your energy bill up.
- How do I operate the gas fireplace-thermostat-air conditioner? If there’s an appliance you’re unfamiliar with, ask how to handle it.
- Are there enough smoke alarms? Smoke detectors are easy to install, and your inspector can make site suggestions.
- What shape are the windows in? Do they need replacement? Caulking? Warmed or cooled air that escapes through your windows takes your money with it.
- How does the siding look? You want a heads up about cracking, distortion, buckling or improperly installed siding.
- What’s the drainage like outside the house? You’ll learn where to plant flowers and if you have a water issue. Problems with gutter flow, downspout location or foundation integrity might be fixable or signs of impending trouble.
- Is the basement dry? If not, what can be done? A wet basement can be a sign of structural concerns. Your inspector can tell you if and how much you should panic.
- How is the electrical panel? What about the wiring? Your inspector can tell you if there’s room to expand within the electric panel for a hot tub and whether the wiring is going to be fire hazard.
- How does the heating system work? How old is it? Get the inspector’s opinion on how old and efficient the system is so you won’t be surprised when winter rolls in.
- How old is the water heater, and how big is the tank? Water heaters need replacing about every 15 years. Ask you home inspector to make an educated guess
- Where’s the main shut-off? Gas and electricity, too. You need to know exactly where the shutoffs are so you can get to them fast.
- Are there any structural problems? This is an essential question. If the foundation is flawed, the house may tumble down. Even if it's fixable, vertical steel supports, horizontal anchors and displaced walls are expensive to repair.
- Are there any tests I should do? Depending on what the inspector finds, you might want a radon gas, drinking water or other tests done. It may help to ask your inspector how they would prioritize the importance of them.
- Is it really bad? Or just kind. Of bad? If the inspector finds any problem, it may seem overwhelming. If you’re new to home ownership, you may not be certain if a plumbing issue is an easy fix or a deal breaker.
- Does it need to be fixed soon? If so, what type of professional should I hire? Certain problems require immediate attention. For example, faulty wiring that can lead to electrocution goes to the top of that list. And sometimes it’s OK to postpone repairs for years or wait until something breaks. And find out if it’s a do-it-yourself job.
- What’s that? What does that mean? If you see something strange, ask, ask for clarification. If f you see something alarming but the inspector is unfazed, ask why.