Defects often go unnoticed by the average person. Before hiring a qualified individual to inspect the home, experts recommend that you, the buyer, do some checking on your own. Remember, home inspectors are not regulated by any government agency. A licensed general contractor is a suggested alternative.
- Take note of the overall condition. Is the house well maintained? Has the paint deteriorated?
- Observe the condition of the roof. How old is it? Are the shingles curling or lifting?
- Look closely at window and door frames. Is the wood decayed?
- Check pavements, driveways, and brick surfaces. Have all cracks been filled?
- Look for insulation in the attic and crawl space.
- Test the plumbing.
- Look over the interior walls and ceilings for any signs of water damage.
- Check the fuse boxes or circuit breakers. Are all breakers labeled?
- Check the oil or gas heating and air conditioning. How old is it?
- Look for evidence of termites.
If you have any questions about any of the procedures mentioned here, contact the Pinellas County Office of Consumer Protection at (727) 464-6200.