Ask the home inspect for a checklist of the core issues:

 

  • Electrical System
  • Plumbing System
  • Heating and Cooling Systems
  • Radon Detection, if applicable
  • Walls, Ceiling and Flooring
  • Windows and Doors
  • Roofing
  • Foundation
  • Basement
  • Attic
  • Insulation

As well as of cosmetic issues:

  • Appliances
  • Paint
  • Doorknobs
  • Faucets
  • Etc.

While an inspection will give you an idea of a house’s overall condition, it might not uncover hidden problems such as pests, mold or asbestos. It also won’t turn up flaws in areas that are below ground or otherwise inaccessible to the inspector, such as wells and septic tanks. To identify those types of problems, you’re going to need additional inspections.