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Jupiter, FL Real Estate | What a Home Inspection Should Cover

Posted by Unknown Blogger 5 on Thursday, March 24th, 2011 at 9:42am.

Depending on the type of property you are purchasing, home inspections will vary.  For example if you are looking at homes for sale in Jupiter, a single family detached residence will require a more specialized inspection than a small condo.  However, there are some basic elements that a home inspector will and should check.  You can use the same basic list to help you evaluate different homes for sale Jupiter that you might purchase.

Structure: Structural components, including the foundation and framing of a home should be inspected.  These structural components impact how the property stands up to weather, gravity, and the earth.

Exterior:
  The home inspector should look at sidewalks, driveways, steps, windows, and doors.  A home's siding, trim, and surface drainage also are part of exterior inspections.

Roofing:  A roof that has been well maintained protects you from rain, and other forces of nature here in Jupiter, Florida.  You'll want to take note of the roof's age, conditions of flashing, roof draining systems, buckled shingles, loose gutters, and downspouts, skylight and chimneys.

Plumbing: The water supply and drainage systems, water heating equipment, and fuel storage systems should be thoroughly examined.  Poor water pressure, banging pipes, rust spots, or corrosion can indicate problems.

Electrical:
  Safe electrical wiring is essential.  The home inspector should look at the condition of service entrance wires, service panels, breakers and fuses, and disconnects.  Take note of the number of outlets in each room.

Air conditioning:
Your inspector should describe your home cooling system, its energy source, and inspect the central and through wall cooling equipment.  Consider the age and energy rating of the system.

Interiors:  Inspecting the inside of your new home in Jupiter can reveal plumbing leaks, insect damage, rot, construction defects, and other issues.  A home inspector should take a close look at walls, ceilings, floors, steps, stairways, railings, counter tops, cabinets, garage doors and garage door systems.

Ventilation/Insulation:
To prevent energy loss, check for adequate insulation and ventilation in the attic and in unfinished areas.  Look for proper insulation in walls.  Excess moisture in your home can lead to mold and water damage.

Your Waterfront Properties Realtor and Market Specialist can help you with this part of the home buying processing.  Your Realtor will ensure that your search for Jupiter, FL real estate is an easy one.

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