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Understanding Home Inspections: What Do Home Inspectors Look For?

Updated: May 3

Home inspections are a crucial step in the process of buying or selling a home. They provide an in-depth assessment of a property's condition, helping buyers and sellers make informed decisions. But what exactly do home inspectors look for during these inspections?

What Home Inspectors Assess

Home inspectors meticulously examine various aspects of a property, focusing on both its interior and exterior. Here's a breakdown of what they typically assess:

  • Inspectors thoroughly examine various aspects of a property, including the exterior for signs like bulging or missing siding, sagging eaves, improperly installed flashing, and issues with windows, doors, walkways, and foundation. 

  • On the roof, they look for missing shingles, gaps around skylights, damaged chimney brick, and clogged gutters. Safety elements such as missing alarms and rickety railings are checked, along with the attic for insulation, water stains, and structural issues. 

  • In the basement, inspectors assess moisture, water damage, and cracks in the foundation, as well as plumbing concerns like damaged fixtures, rusty pipes, and water flow problems.

  • Electrical issues such as exposed wiring and faulty switches are examined, along with HVAC systems for proper operation, ductwork condition, and fireplace integrity. Lastly, inspectors verify the home is adequately insulated and ventilated, checking for improperly vented exhaust fans in critical areas of the home.

How PMD Can Assist

Navigating a home inspection report can be overwhelming, especially for those unfamiliar with construction and maintenance issues.  PMD can provide guidance on the repairs and maintenance tasks that are necessary. Whether it's addressing structural concerns, resolving plumbing or electrical issues, or ensuring proper ventilation, PMD offers comprehensive maintenance services to keep your property in top condition. As a result of our expertise and meticulous care, you can trust that your home is well-kept and prepared for anything.

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