3 Areas an Inspector Will Look at a Pre-Purchase Home Inspection

Buying a new home can be an incredibly exciting chapter of your life. However, it can also be one of the most stressful times ever. After all, a lot of money is on the line, and the last thing you want to face is spending all your savings on a house that ends up not being what you expected it to be. Anything from discovering hidden HVAC and plumbing issues to electrical problems can happen. Many unfortunate individuals who have dealt with such an experience have all wished for one thing: a pre-purchase home inspection.

If you want to buy a home and want to ensure that it does not hide any nasty surprises, a pre-purchase home inspection is a must. During the inspection, here are the parts of the home that will typically be looked at for any problems:

1. Roof

Most likely, you wouldn’t have even thought about looking at the roof when buying a home, but the inspector will never forget this. The roof is one of the most critical installations on the home, and any problems lying in wait must be addressed right away. 

A home inspector will look for signs of damage such as missing shingles, cracks in the gutters, damage around the vents, and more. They can also look for signs of pests such as raccoons, squirrels, and other creatures.


The HVAC system, short for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, is an essential part of the home in that it keeps the internal environment comfortable and even safe. Any problems in the HVAC system simply mean that comfort levels are hurt, and the risk of getting sick from issues like bad air quality is real.

When looking at the HVAC system, a home inspector will look for things like leaks. They will also keep an eye out for insulation levels, ensuring that the home is insulated enough. They will even look for dangerous material like asbestos that is expensive to remove.

3. Plumbing

One important system in the home that must always be looked at thoroughly is the plumbing. Good plumbing is vital to ensure water flows as expected throughout the home, that no plumbing issues lie in hiding to wreak havoc.

When inspecting the plumbing system, a home inspector will look for things like the age of the pipes, any leaks, what kind of pipes there are, and more. They will also look around for the main shutoff valves and will let you know how to find and operate them during an emergency.


Apart from the different aspects of the home an inspector will look at mentioned above, there are many other things they will thoroughly inspect, including the home’s foundation, electrical, and more. Regardless, a pre-purchase home inspection is essential simply because it gives you leverage before you buy the house. Knowing about the hidden issues that the seller did not point out, you can discuss how to settle the problem. Now, whether you ask the seller to fix the problem first, push the price of the home down to compensate for repair costs, or ignore the problem, that is up to you. Just make sure to hire a home inspector to inspect the home thoroughly so that you won’t be greeted by any nasty surprises that can hurt your purchasing experience.

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