As a Buyer. In your excitement to buy a home, it’s easy to miss a small crack in the foundation, some leaky pipes under the house, or a roof that needs to be replaced. The sellers worked hard to make the home look as desirable as possible, but looks don’t tell the whole story. That’s where your home inspection comes in.
As a Seller. What could be worse than going through all the time and effort of marketing, showing, reviewing and accepting an offer only to find out a problem during the buyer's inspection phase. You need to know potential issues BEFORE you market the Home.
Your home is one of the biggest investments of your life, and it’s important to know exactly what you’re buying or selling. The best way to ensure this is through a professional home inspection - make sure your Home Inspector is certified through the California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA).
Generally, inspection reports will include information on the operation of, as well as the visual inspection of, the following items:
EXTERIOR: Driveways, walkways, windows, doors, landings, and stairs; gates, walls, and fences; patio slabs, decks, balconies, patio covers and enclosures; roof coverings, flashings, chimneys, gutters and downspouts; electrical panel(s), lights, switches and receptacle outlets; conditions within the foundation crawl space such as moisture intrusion, support systems both concrete and wood, venting and accessible areas of the home’s Drain-Waste-Vent system; siding and trim; gas, water and electrical service shut-off devices.
INTERIOR: Walls, ceilings, floors, doors and windows; electrical and plumbing fixtures; fireplaces, water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners and smoke detector & carbon monoxide detector locations.
KITCHEN, BATHROOMS AND LAUNDRY: Sinks, cabinets and countertops; plumbing fixture drain traps, vents, air-gaps, lavys, toilets, stall showers and tubs; electrical components including GFCI protection devices and all built-in appliances.
GARAGE & CARPORTS: Overhead garage doors, their hardware including automatic opener devices, storage lofts, firewall protection, and fire rated doors, and electrical systems and slab.
ATTIC: Heating and air conditioning systems, ductwork and insulation; venting, roof, framing and storage systems.
Checkout this informative link to the CREIA: