Do it yourself home inspections. Inside the house.

Saturday Jun 05th, 2021

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Here are some of the tools you will need.

A flashlight, a small step ladder, a screwdriver(multiple heads), a receptacle tester (GFIC & AFIC), and binoculars.

Look at the ceilings and walls. Discoloration on the ceiling or wall indicates leaking water. Large ones on the ceiling point to a leaky roof if they are next to exterior walls, ice dams. Leaking or sweating plumbing pipes - and can represent major hidden damage. They would be indicated by small water spots. Black spots on the walls usually evidence of mold. Excess moisture is the cause, mold can be treated, the cause may difficult to fix, as is expensive. 

With bathroom mold, it likely is poor due to poor. Water seepage in the basement will show up as mold, also look for efflorescence (white powdery spots) along the foundation walls and concrete slab. Another telltale sign of moisture coming in through the walls is spalling (corrosion) on concrete blocks. These are major issues and can be expensive to remedy. 

Check the plumbing.

Turn on the bathroom sink, the shower, and the bathtub, flush the toilet to see if there is good water pressure. Also check under the sinks, kitchen, and bathrooms for any leaks, the drain pipes should go into the wall. If they are going straight into the floor, that could mean they are not vented and that is expensive as a plumber would need to do the work.

Windows and furnace.

If the windows are 15 to 20 years old they need to be replaced.

Check the furnace air filter. Check to see if you can find the age of the furnace, and to see if there are any maintenance stickers. A well-maintained furnace can last as long as 30 to 40 years, otherwise, a 20 to 25-year lifespan is typical. 

Check electrical outlets and switches. Use your receptacle tester to ensure they are wired correctly. If there are new outlets check for reverse polarity, if found, likely means the homeowner did the work, and they have not been inspected. GFCI's (ground fault circuit interrupter) should be in any room where there is running water, bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry room. 

Check the attic for insulation and possible mold. You need to wear a face mask. 

If you don't see any major problems or ones that you can budget for, you can have some peace of mind, and put that firm offer in.

 


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