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Real Estate News and More Frequently Asked Questions


what the buyers home inspection should cover


* Siding: Look for dents or buckling 
* Foundations: Look for cracks or water seepage 
* Exterior Brick: Look for cracked bricks or mortar pulling away from bricks 
* Insulation: Look for condition, adequate rating for climate 
* Doors and Windows: Look for loose or tight fits, condition of locks, condition of weatherstripping 
* Roof: Look for age, conditions of flashing, pooling water, buckled shingles, or loose gutters and downspouts 
* Ceilings, walls, and moldings: Look for loose pieces, drywall that is pulling away 
* Porch/Deck: Loose railings or step, rot 
* Electrical: Look for condition of fuse box/circuit breakers, number of outlets in each room 
* Plumbing: Look for poor water pressure, banging pipes, rust spots or corrosion that indicate leaks, sufficient insulation 
* Water Heater: Look for age, size adequate for house, speed of recovery, energy rating 
* Furnace/Air Conditioning: Look for age, energy rating; Furnaces are rated by annual fuel utilization efficiency; the higher the rating, the lower your fuel costs. However, other factors such as payback period and other operating costs, such as electricity to operate motors. 
* Garage: Look for exterior in good repair; condition of floor-cracks, stains, etc.; condition of door mechanism 
* Basement: Look for water leakage, musty smell 
* Attic: Look for adequate ventilation, water leaks from roof 
* Septic Tanks (if applicable): Adequate absorption field capacity for the percolation rate in your area and the size of your family 
* Driveways/Sidewalks: Look for cracks, heaving pavement, crumbling near edges, stains


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LYNN CALDWELL

​Specializing in Grosse Pointe, St. Clair Shores

Harrison and Chesterfield Twp, ​Harper Woods

Waterfront Specialist