Angie and Mark are a week away from closing the deal on their new house in Dallas. Before the deed is signed over to them, their agent advises them to take a quick walk through the house. The house was previously owned by a sports player, who seldom used it. The house inspection was on the up and up, and didn’t reveal any major repairs. The agent advised the couple to check things such as light switches, water taps, the air conditioning and more.
In the excitement of finally becoming homeowners, Mark and Angie got busy planning where they would place the couch and which color they would like the walls. While they were in the backyard, discussing whether to put in a swimming pool or not, the agent was inspecting things listed on his checklist. He entered the bathroom and as he pressed the flush lever on the toilet, he heard a loud scream from the backyard. Rushing there he saw water flooding up from underneath the ground that had a nasty smell. Turns out, the drain pipe had tree roots in it, which had destroyed the plumbing. Since there was still time left before the deal was done, the agent was able to get the owner to pay for the $4,000 repair.
This story may sound farfetched but it can happen to anyone, especially if you hurry through a real estate deal.
So, before you fall down this hole, have a look at the checklist below to methodically inspect your house. This is where a Licensed Mechanical Inspector is worth every penny – even when you are purchasing a newly built home!
- Amendment stating what repairs are to be done by the Seller and have all receipts with you on the final walk through
- Camera (take pictures of all the repairs done)
Windows and Doors
- Check all the windows and doors for any cracks.
- Are the locks sturdy?
- Do all the windows have screens?
- Time the drainage in the sink and shower, to see if it’s taking too much time
- Check for water damage and mold
- Flush the toilet a couple of times
- Check if the hot water faucet is working properly
- Check for any drips
- Is the garbage disposal working properly?
- Turn the refrigerator and dishwasher on and off to see if they are working properly
- Check refrigerator cooling
Check All House Systems
- Is the HVAC working fine?
- Are the heating vents insulated?
- Is the door bell working?
- Does the garage door lock and security system work properly?
The attic is usually the prime breeding ground for rodents and critters. Make sure that there are no holes in walls that allow these animals to create more damage
Wood Destroying Insects (Termites and Carpenter Ants)
Crumbly timbers, spongy floor and dry rot are all signs that the house has termites. If you see any such signs, then call for pest control immediately and notify your agent, so he can get in touch with the owner.
Follow this checklist and make sure that you inspect every room closely. Check every nook and cranny and keep jotting down in your notebook about any new repairs that you might find.