Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases you will ever make. It’s important to understand what you are buying, and that’s where home inspections come in. A home inspector can be your advocate and guide through the process, ensuring that you know what to expect when buying a new house. They’ll also give you peace of mind knowing there aren’t any major issues lurking under the surface before it’s too late!
But you should also have an idea of things the inspector is looking out for, so that you can be sure nothing has been overlooked.
The exterior of your home is an important aspect to inspect, as it’s the first thing people see when they visit. Look for cracks in the foundation, signs of water damage, and termite damage.
Foundation cracks and structural movement.
Foundation cracks are a sure sign of structural damage and can be caused by termites or water damage. While you may think that foundation cracks are just cosmetic issues, they can actually be dangerous because they allow air to leak into your home. This can cause mold growth in the walls and floors, which is not only unhealthy but also expensive to repair.
Problems with the plumbing.
Check for leaks: Look for wet spots on the floor, water stains on the walls and ceilings, or discoloration in your yard where a leak may have been repaired.
Inspect pipes: Check that all pipes are securely fastened to the walls and ceiling; if they appear loose or corroded, this could be an indication of moisture damage underneath them—and possibly mold growth as well. Also look closely at any cracks you find in them (particularly near bathtubs or toilets), because these areas are especially vulnerable to leaks due to frequent use by homeowners that can wear away at those points quickly over time.
Roof leaks and roof damage.
Roof leaks are one of the most common problems in homes. If you see water stains on the ceiling or walls, this may be a sign of a leaky roof. Roof damage can cause mold and mildew growth, which can lead to health issues for you and your family members.
Exterior water damage.
Exterior water damage is one of the most common issues in homes that are for sale. If you find any exterior water damage on your inspection, it’s important to ask the seller about it and record any answers they give you. Here are some examples:
- Sidewalks or driveways that are cracked or crumbling. This can be an indication of poor drainage and a potential problem for your basement or foundation if not addressed soon enough.
- Cracks in brickwork or stucco siding on exterior walls (especially around windows). These cracks allow moisture into the structure and could lead to mold growth inside your home if left untreated over time.
- Discoloration along window frames—this could mean there was excessive moisture present at one point in time but has since dried up due to colder temperatures outside during winter months when windows are closed more often than during other seasons (which means less air circulation).
Termites are a big problem in Oklahoma, especially in wooded areas. They can cause damage to the foundation, structural support beams and interior walls of a home. Termites also eat through electrical wiring, plumbing pipes and roofing materials to get to their food source—the wood inside the house.
Check for signs of termite damage: mud tunnels along the sides of the home, or deteriorated wood.
You need to understand what you are buying before you buy it.
If you are buying a home in Oklahoma, it’s important to understand what you are buying. A home inspection is one of the best ways to do this. A home inspection will allow you to see how well-maintained the house has been over time and if there are any major issues that need attention before moving in.