The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should learn as much as you can about the condition of the property and the need for any major repairs before you buy. Here are a few items you should look for when purchasing a home.
Look for Smoke/CO detectors on each floor and in or near each bedroom.
Check for GFCI outlets in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, garage, basements, and all exterior outlets.
Check for water stains on cei…lings, this could be a sign of a pipe leak or a roof leak.
Check doors and windows for discoloration between glass, this is a sign that the seal could be leaking and will need to be replaced.
Ask the homeowner/ real estate agent if the house ever had an oil tank. If it did, and it is not in use anymore, you will need a copy of the permits for the removal of the tank. If the tank is still in use you should have the tank tested for leaks prior to closing.
Check the downspouts to make sure they are pitched away from the house. If they are not, this could cause water issues inside the home.
Make sure the grade of the property pitches away from the house.
If you see any of the above items, be sure to point them out to the home inspector. Please make sure with the real estate sales person that the following systems are readily accessible before the home inspector arrives: furnace, hot water heater, sump pumps, water main, crawl space, access panels, electrical panels, and attic access panels.