The home inspection is a significant part of buying a new property for many reasons. As the place where your family will live for the foreseeable future, it has to be in best shape possible to make the expense worth it. Even though it’s not necessary for you to be present for the home inspection, you should consider it so that you can ask your home inspector essential questions that will help you decide whether to buy the home you found in the listings.

When you’re with the home inspector, consider asking them the following questions, and you will never go astray:

 1. Ask for Their Credentials

To ask for the home inspector’s credentials and a license is the first step that many people skip to their detriment. It might seem like a given that they would be a professional, but it isn’t. It is why you should try to make sure that they have the right credentials and certifications that would guarantee that they can do the job well. Inspecting homes require meticulousness, as well as experience. After all, some problems won’t be so evident that you can miss them — which is why you’re hiring a professional to estimate whether you’ll have additional financial concerns.

2. Insulation

With the costs you’ll incur for heating and cooling a poorly isolated home, it’s one of the crucial questions whether the house is insulated well, especially the attic and the basement. Additionally, superb insulation and ventilation prevent the growth of mildew and mold, so make sure the house is at peak performance.

3. HVAC System

Other than checking whether the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system in the house works well, you should also ask your inspector about its maintenance and whether it might need replacement soon.

4. Electrical

So many things can go wrong in the home’s electrical, and many of them lead to electrical fires. For the safety of your family, ask the home inspector about the state of the house’s electrical system and especially whether licensed electricians did any potential upgrades. Pay attention to the positioning of the outlets (whether they’re close to running water sources), exposed or even damaged wires, and worn-out parts that need replacement.

5. Plumbing

Ask your home inspector about galvanized-steel and lead piping, as both can cause problems. Flush the toilets to see how the water flows, and make sure that the home inspector has evaluated pipes, drains, as well as water temperature and pressure. They should also note the potential presence of any water stains which may be indicating past issues with plumbing in the house.

6. Foundation

Repairing cracks in the foundation of the home can be expensive. Make sure your home inspector takes a look at the home’s structural integrity and informs you of any cracks and what type they are.

7. Roof Condition

Accumulated problems such as missing or buckling shingles, the presence of asphalt granules in the gutters and general signs of damage sustained over time suggest that the roof may need replacement.

8. Exterior Drainage

Often overlooked is the external drainage, even though it can cause massive and costly problems down the line. Bad exterior drainage can eventually lead to foundation problems, so make sure that there are no standing puddles and that the ground slopes away from the foundation of the house.

Inspecting a home before buying is the best thing you can do to protect your investment and make sure you’ve chosen well, so don’t forget to ask the crucial questions.

If you’re looking to buy a home in Southern CA, let’s talk.