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  • Writer's pictureBob and Kathy Parmenter

What to expect on an older home inspection

Updated: Aug 26, 2023

A home inspection on an older home can reveal potential issues and concerns that may not be immediately visible to the average homeowner. Here are some of the things that you can expect to be checked during a home inspection on an older home:

  1. Structure: The inspector will check the foundation, walls, floors, roof, and other structural elements for signs of damage or settling.

  2. Electrical System: The inspector will check the electrical system, including wiring, panels, switches, and outlets, to ensure that they are up to code and functioning properly.

  3. Plumbing System: The inspector will check the plumbing system, including pipes, fixtures, and the water heater, to identify any leaks, corrosion, or other problems.

  4. Heating and Cooling Systems: The inspector will check the heating and cooling systems to ensure that they are functioning properly and efficiently.

  5. Roofing: The inspector will check the roof for signs of wear, damage, or leaks, and will also assess the condition of the gutters and downspouts.

  6. Insulation: The inspector will check the insulation in the walls, attic, and flooring to determine if it is adequate and in good condition.

  7. Pests and Wood-Destroying Organisms: The inspector will check for signs of termites, carpenter ants, and other pests that can cause significant damage to a home over time.

It's important to keep in mind that older homes may have unique features and characteristics, and some of these features may not be up to current building codes and standards. An inspector can help you understand what, if any, work may be needed to bring the home up to current standards.

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