Home Inspection and Home Warranty

  • Foundations. Check for water stains, cracks and if it's level.
  • Brick or stonework: Check for cracks and loose mortar.
  • Siding: Look for dents or buckling.
  • Attic: Look for adequate ventilation. Check roof for leaks.
  • Attic Insulation: Look for proper rating and make sure it's not compressed.
  • Doors and Windows: Check weather stripping and air leaks. Good locks.
  • Roof: Check for old, loose or missing shingles, missing or loose gutters and especially check for damp or weak plywood under the shingles.
  • Ceilings and walls: Check for water stains, loose pieces of drywall or plaster.
  • Porch or Deck: Check for solid footing without any rotten pieces of wood. Inspect the steps and railings to make sure they're secure.
  • Plumbing: Run some water and listen for banging pipes or low pressure. Rust and corrosion are clues to leaks.
  • Electrical: Look for up to date fuse box to handle modern needs. Make sure you have sufficient outlets.
  • Air Conditioning Units and Furnace: Check condition and efficiency.
  • Water Heater: Make sure it's adequate for the size of the house. Have power company check for efficiency.
  • Garage: Make sure door is in good condition and operates safely. Check motor on auto door openers. Check condition of floor for cracks and stains.
  • Driveways and sidewalks: Look for cracking, shifting or crumbling of the slab.
  • Septic Tanks (if applicable): Adequate absorption field capacity for the percolation rate in your area and the size of your family
  • Mold: Have an inspection for mold and moisture.

What does your home warranty cover?

Sometimes a home warranty is negotiated into a contract or may be purchased separately. Check your policy to see which of the following items are covered. Also check to see if the policy covers the full replacement cost of an item or whether it's pro-rated.

  • Air-Conditions Systems
  • Heater/Furnace
  • Ducts
  • Water Heater
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Store/Oven
  • Microwave Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Washer and Dryer
  • Swimming Pool
  • Pool Heater

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