During the second pass, check the ceiling by walking around the room again. Check for water spots and cracks that could indicate a structural problem.
Look at electrical outlets to make sure they are clean (not painted) and show no sign of smoke or burn marks. And don’t forget to check all the light switches and ceiling fans to make sure they work.
During a typical inspection, home inspectors generally operate all installed appliances, such as the dishwasher, range / oven, microwave, vent hood, garbage disposal, and sink. They also notice problems with countertops, cabinets and drawers, R / O systems, compactors, and built-in refrigerators (if any).
Inspect the exterior of the house
Look at the grounds around the house and make sure the ground is sloped away from the house and that gutters, downspouts, and downspout extensions are present and in good repair. Look for damaged or missing caulk and flashing, especially around windows, doors, butt joints, and siding transitions. These simple observations can save big expenses in the future.
During a tour of the house, pay particular attention to how the decks are attached to the house, which is usually done with a ledger or starter board. A professional will use ½ ”lag screws with washers in a staggered pattern to hold this board. They will also protect the ledger with flashing to stop water infiltration. If there is no flicker, the water will weaken and rot the ledger over time, possibly finding its way into the house and causing hidden pockets of rot and mold.
The guardrails also receive additional scrutiny during inspection. Did you know that railings must withstand 200 pounds of force at any point along their length? Always look at a platform with safety in mind. If someone stumbles on your next barbecue, the railing should keep them from coming off the edge.
Inspect crawl spaces
Each part of the country has its own unwanted pests, so when inspecting the driveway, keep in mind that you may not be alone. As such, a powerful flashlight and good eyesight are required.
Regardless of the type of foundation the home has, look for loose material (stone, brick, etc.), bulging walls, excessive sedimentation, subsidence, moisture intrusion, and how the building structure is attached.
The dryer vents should never end in the crawl space, and the HVAC ducts should be supported and insulated. In colder climates, the floor must be well insulated from below.