Marathon and Fl Keys Real Estate Inspections-what to
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 (the higher
the R value, the more effective the insulation is)
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, dry wall that is
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,
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
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