How to inspect a home

Most people do not know the type of inspections they should do when buying a home. To make a good decision, you will have to inspect every important aspect of the property, on your own or maybe as part of a professional Brisbane home valuation. A home is among the big investments you will ever make and that is the primary reason you should consider every little detail before making the purchase. Here are the common areas to cover in your inspection.

General inspection of the home

You will need to examine the entire home to be sure that it is in the right shape. Some basics like the foundation, roof, electrical system, plumbing and anything else that makes the house a home should not miss in your home inspection checklist.

Ensuring that the home will be functional before you move in is important too. Start by inspecting outside the building and then proceed to the inside. Some common exterior issues include failing roof, trim and wood rot, re-pointing issues or chimney cracking, structural problems with a porch or deck, window issues and bulkhead problems.

Once inside the house, check for issues like a heating system that is already past the life expectancy, leaking pipes, structural cracks on the foundation, an air conditioner that is past its life expectancy, electrical issues and broken skylight or window seals.


Every home inspection should include exhaustive search for mold. Keep in mind that each home will have molds in some places. Mold will mainly breed on the areas where moisture can penetrate. And because molds do not cause similar problems, some can be easier to fix – you might be capable of doing that as the new homeowner. If you find mold, do not freak out, particularly if a realtor an inspector says you should not.

The Stachybotrys chartarum is the only form of mold that should make you worried. If you identify this form of mold, you should deal with it immediately. The cost varies significantly from one company to the other and getting multiple bids from mold removal companies is always a good idea.

The septic system

A homeowner should manage the septic system carefully so that it can continue handling the waste from the home. When buying a home, ensure that the septic system is working correctly because the costs of fixing or replacing it can be very high. Walk around the whole area searching for problems. After the groundwork, open the system’s tank and observe the contents, such as sludge and scum depth, liquid levels and evidence of backups.

After removing the manhole’s lid, check the integrity, which should provide you with more information about the safety concerns and the water tightness in the septic tank. Pump the tank and evaluate the integrity in addition to the baffles condition. Check for roots, cracks and evidence of the tank operating above its normal operating level.

When inspecting the home, you have to look for the operation, safety and the condition of all components. You will check most but not every component of the home due to the limitations associated with accessibility, safety and your expertise level. It is always good to engage a professional inspector so that you can identify most of the problems and get the best value for your money.