A home inspection shouldn’t necessarily be a stressful occasion. Whether you’re preparing to put your house up for sale or simply want to better understand its condition, home inspections should be as helpful and informative as a trip to the doctor for a check-up. However, like physicians, home inspectors want to give your house a thorough looking-over, even in places you might not have thought of. Here are 5 unexpected places home inspectors may check, and how you can keep them in top shape:
Behind Every Door
Even if you’ve lived in a house for years, it may still be keeping some secrets from you. Maybe there’s extra storage space under the staircase in the basement, but it’s only accessible behind a door with no handle next to your washer and dryer. Or there’s an access panel to your attic, but it’s hidden in a closet behind your tie rack? Not every owner knows every nook and cranny of his house; home inspectors, however, are experts at finding hidden entrances, and will most certainly look behind every single one of them.
One would assume that checking the upkeep of a house’s foundation is obvious. It’s literally the support keeping your entire house standing, after all. However, when putting a house up for sale, this is often overlooked. Many potential buyers simply assume that the foundation is sturdy, while sellers often take it for granted due to the fact that they haven’t had any trouble with it so far. This is an extremely important aspect for any inspector to look over, especially when it comes to older houses.
Houses are always changing. Walls are being painted, carpets are being pulled up, entire sections are being renovated. Because the layout of a house can shift over and over again, electrical rewiring is expected. Just because the electricity is working throughout the house doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s set up properly. Home inspectors will always check your electrical panels to make sure that they’re safe and aren’t breaking any codes.
Attics & Crawl Spaces
An open house is the perfect opportunity for potential buyers to look over a house in person. It may come as a surprise, then, that so many people hesitate to go into the crawl spaces or attics of a house they’re considering moving into! These are vital spaces in any home and can hide all manner of problems. Even if you don’t expect anyone to look here, your home inspectors definitely will.
Ducts & Chimneys
During one of our many inspections, we encountered a house that was listed as having two fireplaces. It turned out that one of them was a fake: just a framed box without a flue or chimney. Another common scenario involves heat ducts and cold air returns that should have air circulating through them, but actually stop at a brick wall, completely defeating their purpose.
It’s important to know where everything in your house leads to. Sometimes, they can lead absolutely nowhere.
Schedule a Thorough Pre-Listing Home Inspection Today in Maryland
Make sure you won’t have anything holding up your home’s selling process with a pre-listing home inspection by Inspections by Bob. We take our time, looking over every inch of your home so we find anything that might be a problem. After our inspection, you get a detailed report with recommendations, and our inspectors are available to answer any questions you might have. Contact us today to schedule your pre-listing home inspection!