Most buyers will have the property inspected by a licensed property inspector within the timeframe that was agreed upon in the signed contract. If the agreement is conditional upon financing, then the property will be appraised by a licensed appraiser to determine the value for the lending institution.  In most cases you’ll be able to conduct a reasonable inspection yourself, if you know what to look for.  Here are some things your buyer and the home inspector will be looking for:


Plumbing – is always of high priority when it comes to home inspections. Turn faucets in the bathrooms, kitchens, laundry room and listen and watch  for any defective plumbing.

Damp or Wet Basements – often most revealing area of the building and usually provides a general picture of how the building works. Check for mildew or moisture-related damage.

Roofing Problems – the major problem associated with roofing problems is leakage. Check for any physical deterioration of shingles and downspouts.

Inadequate Wiring and Electrical Systems – Home inspectors will look for inadequate circuits and potential fire.

Poor Heating and Cooling Systems – Home inspectors will scrutinize heating and cooling systems for efficiency and performance.

Adequate Security Features – proper locks on windows and doors, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are important when adhering to basic security standard in your home.

Structural and Foundation Problems – An inspector will most definitely exam the underlying footing and foundation of your home for cracks or separations.