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  1. 3)Newer 3-slot type electric receptacles connected to old wiring that does not have grounding.

  2. 4)Older knob-and-tube wiring that’s still “live.”

  3. 5)Exposed, unprofessional electrical wiring, especially open electrical splices.

  4. 6)Lack of an installed heating system. Window a/c units or plug-in portable heaters are not considered “installed.”

  5. 7)Any evidence of plumbing leaks or other water intrusion into the home, even previous ones.

  6. 8)Deteriorated, damaged, or unvented plumbing piping. Older galvanized steel water pipe is a red flag for some companies, and they may require replacement.

  7. 9)An older water heater, typically more than about 25-years old, or one with visible deep corrosion.

  8. 10) Deteriorated washing machine hoses.

   It’s not a complete home inspection like you would get when buying a home. The inspector does not look at things like the condition of kitchen cabinets, carpet, paint finishes, or windows. Think “potential insurance claim” and you will have the mind-set of the inspector, and will be ready when he (or she) arrives.   

While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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