The National Association of Realtors (NAR) provides a wealth of information for consumers about the process of purchasing a property. They can give you tips about financing, neighborhood selection, homeowners insurance, home showings, and transaction advice, among other things.
NAR has made it easy for you to review the main areas that will be included in a Charlottesville Virginia home inspection. Here are the categories that are part of your Virginia home inspection:
Structure begins with the basement or crawl space level. It should be free of water or mold. The home’s frame .. walls, doorways, decks, trim, … should be able to stand up to seasonal weather, sun and shade, and the earth that surrounds it. The foundation and the framing are considered structural components.
The inspector checks out the sidewalks, driveways, and steps to assure that there are no dangerous cracks or surfaces. The windows, doors, siding, and trim must be sturdy and safe. They should also examine any attached porches, balconies or decks which must be secured properly.
A good inspector will provide very important information about your roof. He will note its age, roof draining systems, any buckled or missing shingles, loose gutters and downspouts. If you have skylights they should be inspected for secure flashing or pooling water. The exterior chimney and grout will be examined too.
The water supply and drainage systems will be a big focus of your inspection. Water heating equipment, drainage pumps and sump pumps also fall under this category. Issues to be checked will include poor water pressure, banging pipes, rust spots, or corrosion. Small water problems can lead to large water problems.
You should observe the inspection of the condition of service entrance electrical wires, service panels, doorbell connections, breakers and fuses. This is your chance to confirm the number of outlets in each room and how they are wired.
Heating and Air Conditioning
The home’s vents, flues, and chimneys should be inspected. The inspector should be able to tell you the water heater’s age, its energy rating, and whether the size is adequate for the house. They should also describe and inspect all the central air and through-wall cooling equipment.
Your inspector should take a close look at walls, ceilings and floors; steps, stairways, and railings; countertops and cabinets; and garage systems. These areas can reveal leaks, insect damage, rot, construction defects, and more.
Inspectors should check for proper amounts of insulation in the attic and in unfinished areas such as crawl spaces. Insulation should be appropriate for the climate. They will also verify that there is adequate ventilation in those areas too, because without proper ventilation, excess moisture could lead to mold and moisture damage.
Fireplaces are warm and welcoming, and they can have various installations. They range from freestanding stove fireplaces to built-in brick fireplaces with a full assortment of trims and styles. They’re charming, but fireplaces could be dangerous if they’re not properly constructed and maintained. Inspectors should examine any vents and flues, and check the safety of solid fuel-burning appliances.
source: National Association of Realtors