Home inspections are a necessary part of any real estate transaction. When buying a home it is important to have a qualified inspector survey the home. For a reasonable cost you will not just be taking the sellers word on how great the property is, but you will have a professional unbiased opinion on the quality of the home.
These are some of the most common items that you will want to have inspected.
Mexico Realty Group recommends examining fences, steps, porches, sidewalks, foundations, and driveways to ensure they are in safe working order. Inspect outbuildings such as garages or sheds to ensure they are watertight and that doors and locks are functioning. Also inspect the condition of the yard or grounds for trash, junk, or unlicensed or inoperable vehicles. Ensure swimming pools are maintained in a sanitary condition.
Check for cracks and the weather tightness of windows. Inspect locks to ensure they are in working order, and open windows to ensure they can remain open without a means of support. If screens are in place, inspect them for tears or holes.
Floors, Walls, and Ceilings
During a residential property inspection, check carpets to ensure they are not torn and no trip hazards are present. Walls and ceilings should be free of mold and peeling paint. Check floors to ensure they are structurally sound.
Check exterior doors to ensure they are weather tight and in good working order. Also ensure that exterior door locks and chains and interior door locks are operable.
Test toilets and all faucets to ensure they are working. Ensure floors can be maintained in a clean, dry condition. Check that ventilation and heating fans are working properly, and if a window is present, ensure that it can be opened to provide ventilation. Ensure electrical outlets are equipped with ground fault mechanisms to avoid electric shocks.
Check all appliances to ensure they are in good working order. Identify any insect problems such as ants or roaches. Ensure floors can be maintained in a clean, dry condition.
Ensure each level of the property has at least one smoke detector and test each. Verify that each bedroom has a functioning window in case of fire. Check that all combustible materials are stored away from sources of ignition such as fireplaces, gas appliances, and stores of gasoline in garages.
Electrical and Plumbing
Checklists for residential property inspections should ensure all electrical outlets and switches are in good working order and that cover plates are in place and undamaged. Ensure water fixtures have adequate pressure and do not leak. Check drain pipes to ensure they do not leak.
It is not always easy to find a qualified home inspector in Mexico. We would start with asking your real estate agent, closing company or lender to refer a qualified home inspector for your area. If for some reason your area doesn't have a professional home inspection company we would recommend contacting a professional contractor in your area and finding out what they would charge you to inspect the property.