The Ultimate Home Inspection Checklist for Buyers

When it comes to viewing a home for purchase, what you see in the snapshot viewing isn’t always exactly what you’re getting. Homes have depth and unfortunately there can be some nasty hidden issues you really don’t want to have to deal with, or that you at least want to budget for beforehand.

We’ve put together the ultimate checklist of things to look out for during your next home viewing.

  1. Roof: are any shingles missing, cupping, curling, or cracking? Are there signs of any leaks? Do the gutters look like they drain properly?
  2. Foundation: does any part of the ground near the foundation seem sunken in or soggy? Can you spot any visible cracks in the exterior and interior walls? Are there any large trees growing right beside the foundation that could cause issues with the roots?
  3. Yard: are the walkways and driveway in good condition? Does the home have a wooden deck? If so, jump lightly to test the boards are not rotten or cracked.
  4. Windows and Doors: can you spot any moisture around the frames? Do the windows and doors open and close easily?
  5. Heating and Cooling: does the house have a funny odour with no sign of a source? Do the heating and air conditioning units work properly? How old is the water heater and is it in good working order?
  6. Appliances: what appliances are included in the sale of the house? Do they look well-maintained and in good working order?
  7. Electrical: do all the light switches work? How do the outlets look? Do the ceiling fans work?
  8. Plumbing: do you notice any unusual noises when you turn on the sink taps or flush the toilets? How is the water pressure? Do you notice any leaks?
  9. Garage: does the garage door open and close with ease?

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to buy your new home! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android).

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