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What do inspectors look for when evaluating a home?

On Behalf of | Sep 25, 2023 | Real Estate Law

A home is a good investment for people who wish to settle down and plant their roots. The home-buying process, however, isn’t as easy as it looks. Many people have to circulate through many homes before they find the one that suits them best.

Before someone settles down with the idea that they found their dream home, it may help to hire an inspector. An inspector can evaluate a home to help determine the true value of the property. Home inspectors may find issues with homes that help buyers avoid regret. What type of issues might home inspectors look for? Here’s what you should know: 

Is there roof damage? 

One of the first things home inspectors may look at is the roof. While many home inspectors won’t traverse roofs, they can evaluate damage and issues from the ground or with drones. One of the biggest issues an inspector may find with a roof is weathering. 

If a roof is missing shingles or has holes, then it’s likely the home could suffer from internal damage or infestations. If a home has a brick chimney, the inspector may also look for decay or missing bricks that could lead to the chimney breaking apart in a storm.

Are there signs of water damage? 

An inspector will also look in the basement for issues. A basement can often have signs of flooding or leaks. If it appears a basement has water damage, then it could be a sign that the home is also suffering from mold. Mold can be hazardous for new homeowners.

Inspectors can find many other issues that cause homebuyers to renegotiate the value of a home. Homebuyers who understand their legal rights may have an advantage when discussing a home purchase.