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  1. 3)Screens - The most common location for a missing screen is a sliding glass door. Sometimes people remove all the screens when they put the house on the market, because it makes the windows brighter, and they are stored in the garage or attic. But a count of screens versus window and door openings may reveal a shortage, or the screens could have gone missing long ago.

  2. 4)Attic access - Customers always want to know “Are you going to go in the attic?” But sometimes the access hatch is nowhere to be found. It may have been drywalled or sided over by an over-zealous remodeler, or was never installed in the first place. A new opening must be constructed before the attic can be examined. We do not recommend accepting a home until the attic can be inspected.

  3. 5)Doors - The model homes in a housing development sometimes have many of the interior doors removed. It makes a home look more spacious, and most people never even notice. But, in a house you are actually buying, all the doors should be in place and functional.

  4. 6)Laundry facilities - Where’s the faucets and receptacles for a washer and dryer? Oops, it’s nowhere to be found. Sometimes the laundry was remodeled into a bedroom, or it was in a shed in the yard that is gone. This can be expensive to fix.

  5. 7)Bathroom vent fan - A bathroom is not required to have a vent fan if there is a window, but a remodeling or addition to the home may have obliterated the window and no vent fan was installed to provide ventilation.

  6. 8)Receptacle outlets - Any living space in a house should have wall receptacles spaced so that no point along the walls is more than six feet from a receptacle. It is not unusual to find a screen porch that has been remodeled in a family room, but has only one receptacle on what was formerly the exterior wall of the home. Pre-1960 homes did not have to meet this requirement and may only have one or two receptacles per room.

  7. 9)Installed heat - Window-mounted air conditioners with a heat mode do not count. Homes are required to have permanently installed heating equipment that serves all living areas. Even if you choose to live with window air conditioners and portable electric heaters, permanently installed heat is a requirement to pass a four-point inspection for insurance for an older home.

  8. 10) Switched lighting at exterior doors - Every exterior entry door to a home must have two light switches, one for an exterior light and another for interior lighting. It’s an important safety feature to enable a person to safely navigate into and out of a house in the dark. A remodeling or addition without a building permit and inspection can create this problem.

   And, finally, there are two components that are not required to be in a home, but homebuyers expect them, and are not happy when we point out that they are missing: dishwasher and garage door opener.

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.
© McGarry and Madsen Inspection

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