September 28, 2021 in Blog, Home Buyer Guide

So, your offer has been accepted and you are in the process of buying your home. What is next? Get a home inspection! The home inspection process is very important. A good home inspection is a key to making sure that you not only get a home that you love but that your home is a solid investment. Let’s talk about a few helpful things to pay special attention to when the time comes to inspect your home.

1. Home structure

To assess the home’s foundation and framing, the home inspector will pay special attention to things such as:

  • Weather
  • Gravity
  • Soil

If the home does show signs of structural or foundational movement, the home inspector will recommend a structural engineer to come to check it out.

2. Roof

The inspector will look for things such as:

  • Age
  • Drainage systems
  • Gutter & downspouts
  • Loose or buckled shingles

3. Electrical

Keep in mind, this is not a full electrical inspection that could be done by a licensed electrician. They will not open up walls and do a full electrical inspection. However, you will know if the home does have electrical issues because the home inspector will assess things such as:

  • Breakers
  • Outlets
  • Electrical systems
  • Sufficent outlets in each room
  • GFCI outlets in kitchen and bathroom
  • Service panels of anything visibile

3. Interior

With this aspect of the home inspection process, your inspector will be looking for things like:

  • Walls
  • Countertops
  • Stairs
  • Signs of leaks
  • Wood rot
  • Insect or water damage
  • Construction defects

4. Exterior

Your home inspector will walk around the exterior of the property and check for potential problems. Some of the issues might be found with:

  • Sidewalks
  • Driveways
  • WIndows
  • Siding
  • Trim

5. Plumbing

The plumbing is a very important part of the inspection process. If you sense a deeper problem, you should have a licensed plumber look at and run a camera through the plumbing system for further assurance. With that said, the home inspector will look for things like:

  • Poor water pressure
  • Banging pipes
  • Rust or corrosion

6. Heating and Air

Your inspector will thoroughly check:

  • Ducts
  • HVAC unit and water heater are the proper sizes
  • Units are functioning properly
  • Water heater age and energy rating

7. Fireplace

A fireplace can be a charming addition to your home, but it can also be quite dangerous if it is not functioning properly. If your house contains a fireplace, your inspector should take a look at it. The inspector will check:

  • Vent
  • Flute

These are the main things that your inspector will check in a good home inspection. There are other things with an overall home inspection, but it is so important to make sure these elements are checked! A home inspection is necessary for making a good investment.


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Hi I'm Monica! I'm a Real Estate professional in love with houses, especially vintage houses. I even have my Historic Homes Specialist designation. I enjoy decorating and rehabbing and helping my clients create their dream home with inexpensive updates. I also love helping sellers get top dollar for their property by taking the dated out of their home and staging in a modern simplistic way. I'm also obsessed with Mid Century furniture, so if it doesn't fit in my house, you'll find it in my Etsy Shop. I enjoy coffee and thrift store shopping to look for items to repurpose and use in house. And of course anything vintage, I’m a bit of a June Cleaver. I’m a wife and a mom of teenage twins that I homeschool. I am currently a Realtor in San Antonio, TX, and a lender in both Texas & California. But if you are from Southern California don't worry I have connections, I also help educate all over the country about the home buying process and have a team of people that i work with to help you reach your goals. We moved to SATX from SOCAL in 2018 to simplify our life. I love it here and have helped several people relocate. Read More


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