There are four interior inspection items you need to keep an eye on as a homeowner to avoid making any costly repairs down the line.


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As a homeowner, even if you’re not selling your home, there are four specific inspection items you should focus on in the interior of your home during your normal maintenance routine. If you follow along with me in the video tour above, you can see examples of these items.

First, let’s start with outlets and GFCIs (ground fault indicators). In our first outlet, located inside a bathroom, you can see there’s a GFCI installed on it because it’s located within four feet of a water source.

 

It seems like the electrical code is changed annually, so this can be a difficult thing to keep up with. Previously, outlets on the exterior of a home didn’t need to be GFCI-protected, but now they do. A good overall guideline to follow is if your outlet is within four feet of a water source or it’s on the exterior, it needs to be connected to a GFCI.


The next item you need to pay attention to is the plumbing and pipes connected to your bathroom and kitchen sinks and stationary tubs. These pipes often leak, so be mindful of that.


“Basement repairs can be very costly, so try and avoid them.”


Our next area to focus on is the basement. The basement in our example home has poured walls and block walls. These walls, as well as any unfinished walls, can show signs of water. As you can see, the block wall is unfinished and the ground above it needs to be pitched away from it so water doesn’t penetrate it. Water penetrating the home can create effervescence and cause buyers to worry that there may be a major issue. Basement repairs can be very costly, so you want to avoid that type of thing.

The next item to pay attention to is major appliances like the home’s furnace and hot water tank.These should be serviced annually, if not twice a year.

 

The last item to pay attention to is the roof. Most roofs are maintained over time and there’s not a whole lot you can do other than keeping the gutters free and clear of debris and knowing how old the roof is. If you have 25- or 30-year shingles, however, don’t wait until you have water problems to get them replaced.

 

If you have any other questions about home inspections items you need to pay attention to or have another real estate topic you want us to address with you, don’t hesitate to call or email us. We’d be happy to help you.


 

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