If you’re in the market for a home, what should you look for when walking through a seller’s house? Find out today.
For today’s video, I’m joining Brandon Riecken with Riecken Home Inspections to accompany him while he completes a home inspection. Why? Well, as an expert on the structural soundness of a home, he’s here to answer an important question for all the homebuyers out there: What items should you look for during a walk-through of a property you’re touring?
Brandon’s first recommendation for those looking to get a general feel of whether a property is structurally okay is to look at the roofline—keep an eye out for sags in the roof and for standing water around the property. Also, as you’re walking around the exterior of the property, look for any damaged bricks, peeling paint, loose siding/shingles, and clogged gutters.
As an inspector, Brandon is asked a lot of questions, so what are some of the most common that he’s heard as he finishes up an inspection?
- “Did my home pass or fail the inspection?” This is a really common question, and the question is neither—home’s don’t receive a “pass or fail” grade when inspected.
- “Which items are most important to look at?” The more significant items in a home inspection include the roof, foundation, and the crawlspace.
Speaking of crawlspaces, this has been a really wet year for us, so I asked Brandon if he were buying a home, would the presence of water in the crawlspace scare him off the purchase?
He says that it depends on the extent of the water damage and how easy it would be to clean up. This sort of leakage usually occurs when a sump pump goes bad without the owners knowing about it, and a lot of times, it’s fairly easy to remove water from a crawlspace.
Finally, I asked Brandon about his thoughts regarding home features, appliances, and systems that are nearing or have exceeded their life expectancies.
From a home inspector’s standpoint when it comes to appliances, what matters most is whether or not they work. If he turns on, say, the furnace or the air conditioner and they both work, there’s nothing an inspector can do about the age of that system. Further still, it’s very difficult to determine when even a well-maintained system or appliance will cease working altogether. Brandon advises homeowners to have any old systems or appliances serviced regularly to prolong their lifespans, and then go from there.
If you’d like to follow Brandon as he goes through a home during an inspection to get an idea of what things to keep an eye on and to gauge how an inspector handles certain items, refer to 3:00 in the video above.
For any other questions you have about home inspections or buying a home, feel free to reach out to me. I’d love to speak with you!