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Home inspections - What is checked and how are they checked?

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I am thinking of putting my house up for sale... needs some cosmetic work, but want to make sure there aren't any surprises in the inspection.

 

As such, what should I look for or check on my own to make sure if it passes, or need to fix replace should it fail inspection?

 

I own a 2 BR 2 floor townhouse with a attached garage.

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They might look at the main panel, looking for missing covers etc and identifying the service.

 

They might look for gfci where they belong.

 

they might glance at the plumbing under the sinks. 
 

they might glance at the hot water heater. 
 

they might do a temp check at the registers and glance at the furnace and central air. 
 

they might measure water flow

 

They will not move stuff out of the way, the will not enter crawl spaces or attics. 
 

the report will have a bunch of generic inspection check marks.

 

they might look at the roof with binoculars. 
 

common areas and association responsibilities will likely not be commented on. 

what are they charging you?

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The report might include methods and ball park costs for indicated repairs. 
 

it would be unethical for the inspector to offer those repair services. 

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23 mins ago, mybeach said:


what are they charging you?

I haven't spoken to anyone yet... just curious to know what they look at so I can fix any potentials beforehand. 

 

 

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A good inspector will go in the attic and crawlspace. How old is the house? . How old are the major systems? Is the wiring aluminum? Go in the attic and look for signs of water damage. How old is the roof? If it's shingled, how many layers? Is there any asbestos? What condition are the windows? Termites?

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Buyers usually pay for the inspections. Buyers' realtors have relationships with inspectors because they are trying to get the best price possible. In my experience they do a thorough and comprehensive job.

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Buyer should pay for inspection.  Make sure you have handrails where they need to be (inside and out) and that they're tight. They will spot check windows and recepticals.  Make sure there's no peeling paint. Make sure all of your sink drains can keep up with the faucets. They will go into the attic and walk the roof.  I though I was going to get a beat down from from my buyers and nadda.  Make them ask you to fix things unless your property needs the repairs to properly present itself on the market.

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I would be shocked if they went on the roof. 2nd floor townhouse?
 

A gentlemen’s bet says they are not bringing a 27’ ladder and will not go up there.
 

They certainly didn’t when I sold a townhouse. 
 

Roof is an association concern. Commons are not inspected. 

 

 

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They will absolutely check smoke detectors and co2 detectors. 
 

Basics too, like long walls without outlets.

 

the should check for dedicated circuits for fridge and microwave, etc.

 

They might check garage door opener functionality and safety. Up and down pressure, cable type spring arrests, and electric eye function. 

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Forgive my assumptions. When you say townhouse, do you mean a townhouse association or a stand alone building? Shared walls and association fees, etc?

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They should ascertain the age, condition and type of appliances that are included.

 

they might check inside ductwork.

 

the might check dryer venting. 

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They should inspect hot water heater age and functionality.
 

They might look for indications of servicing and discoloration or staining around the unit. Same with the furnace or hvac components.

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6 hours ago, mybeach said:

They will not move stuff out of the way, the will not enter crawl spaces or attics. 
 

 

Some will.

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