What types of home inspections can you do as a buyer?

When buying a house, a few important points will need looking into. A home inspection checklist comes in handy and ensures that all the important issues are resolved. Here are a few that must make it on your checklist:

> Roof – check the roof level, make sure it does not sag. Ensure there are no puddles of water on the roof which could indicate improper drainage systems. Check against previous repairs as well.
> Wiring – look first for frayed or exposed wires. All electrical outlets must have undamaged covers. Ensure the house has a breaker box and not fuses. The breaker box must be labelled properly.
> Windows/Doors – doors should be in good condition with working locks and aligned properly. Windows should be free from broken glass and should not stick when opened or closed.
> Hazards – check if the house is prone to any hazards in the region such as earthquakes, hurricanes, etc. Look into the records for hazardous water or soil condition on or close to the site.
> Wood destroying pests – make sure none of them have made their presence felt in the house. Insects such as termites, wood-boring beetles, carpenter ants and bees can cause way too many problems for your house.
> Heating and Air-Conditioning – engage an HVAS specialist to check the furnace and the heat exchanger in the house.
> Chimney – make sure the smoke is discharged properly. If not, a chimney inspector will be able to help you sort it out.
> Lead-Based Paint – get the house tested for lead-based paint. If tested positive, a certified lead abatement contractor must be hired to remove the contaminant.
> Foundation – ask your home inspector to verify the solidity of the foundation of the house.
> Sewer / Septic System Inspection
> Easements and Encroachments
> Water Systems and Plumbing
> Mold – a test of air quality will tell you if mold is prevalent in the house.