When looking to purchase a new home it is important that you perform a home inspection to make sure there is nothing physically wrong with the hose you are looking to buy.  It would be a tragic event if you were to buy a house and then find out it had all sorts of structural damage that needed to be fixed.

While it is advised to hire a professional to inspect your new home to be you can also do some of the inspection yourself before even placing a bid on the property.  You will want to get your hands on an inspection checklist.  You can find one on the website for the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors.

Once you have obtained one of these checklists you will want to inspect your new prospective house for all of the major items.  These include but are not limited to Structural elements, exterior evaluation, Roof and Attic, Plumbing, Systems and Components, Electrical, Appliances and Garage.  When taking the first look at a new prospective house you will want to keep all of these elements in mind when walking around.  Be aware of any structural damage to the roof, walls, ceilings and windows.  You do not need to get out a ladder and climb on the roof itself just a general overview will suffice until an expert can come in for the more thorough inspection.

You should also be aware of the different electrical components; wiring, fans, light fixtures to make sure that they are up to code and appear safe.  Electrical wiring is a very important part of any home.  If not done properly the consequences could be deadly.  Also, be cognizant of any appliances this home may have.  If the current appliances appear to be in rough shape you will probably need to replace them for more modern and efficient appliances.

Since it is highly recommended to have a professional do a home inspection before buying a new home it is important that you remember to have someone come look at your potential new home before finalizing the deal.  However, before you hire that professional inspector you can certainly do your own home inspection.  With the help of a checklist from the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors you will be armed with the knowledge of what certain aspects of a house to look at to see if it is up to code.

You will want to look at specific places in the home such as the roof, garage, attic and exterior foundation.  With a simple pass through your prospective new home you might just catch some potentially dangerous defects that the current owner must fix before selling the house.

Moe Bedard
My name is Maurice "Moe" Bedard. I am the founder of America's #1 Mortgage Forum, LoanSafe.org. My online work has been featured in the New York Times, LA Times, Fox Business, and many other media publications.