As home inspectors, we spend a lot of time checking the kitchen. We know that the kitchen is considered the heart of the home by many, so its important to us that you know what you are getting. The condition of the kitchen can also give a good indication as to what you can expect from the rest of the house. Here are just some of the details you will want to check for when viewing a house:
- A good start is the kitchen sink. Turn on the faucet, what is the water pressure like? If it is bad, you will want to know the reason. How is the sinks drainage? Have a look in the cupboards under the sink for signs of leaking.
- If the kitchen has a dishwasher, check the area and cupboards surrounding it for signs that it has leaking or damaged hoses etc. Any leaks can lead to all kinds of problems such as a rotting sub-floor and mold.
- Whether the oven is gas or electric, you will want to know that it is in good order. You will want to make sure there are no gas leaks and that the electrical outlets work as this might also be an indication of greater issues.
- What are the kitchen countertops like? Remember this is where food is prepared so damage to the countertops could mean difficulty in sanitizing the space.
As you can see, you don’t have to be a certified home inspector to spot some of the warning signs when looking at a potential new home. However, when you have found that home, please don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule your thorough home inspection and avoid any unwanted problems.