When you find the perfect home to buy, you need to take time to do a thorough inspection before you buy it. Everything may look perfect to you, but there are likely things you may not think of checking. Below are a few things to help you get started.

Interior Check

Check to make sure every outlet in the home is working. Turn the lights on and off to be sure they are working. If there are any problems, this means the home may have electrical problems.

Check every faucet in the home to make sure the water flows out smoothly. Let the water run for a few minutes to make sure there are no clogs. Smell the drains to see if there are any kind of odors coming from them. Flush the toilet, see if it flushes correctly, and listen to the toilet after it flushes to see if it constantly runs. If there are any problems here, this is a sign that the home has plumbing problems.

Look at the floors and walls closely for any cracks. Even if there are small ones, they should be repaired before you buy the home. Look on the ceiling for any type of water damage, as this means there is a leak in the roof. If there is damage, the ceiling will have discoloration. If there are pictures hanging on the walls, look behind them. Look behind and under furniture.

The homeowner should have no problem with you checking these things.

Exterior Check

If the home has a fireplace, make sure it and the chimney are in good condition. Hire a roofer to inspect the roof for you. They will be able to tell what age it is, as well as if there are any repairs that need to be made. While the roofer is on the roof, have them check the gutters. Walk around the foundation and inspect it closely for any cracks.

Visit the home after a good rain and see if there is any part of the yard that has large puddles. If so, the land is not even. If there is water running toward the home, this is not a good thing. If you ever have any type of very hard rain, the water could easily get into your home. Hire a landscaper to check the ground level for you. If there are problems, a landscaper can even the ground out. This may be something the homeowner should take care of before they sell their home.

These are just some of the things you should check. Talk with your real-estate agent about hiring a home-inspection company to check the home out for you.

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