Siding: Look for dents or buckling


Foundations: Look for cracks or water seepage


Exterior Brick: Look for cracked bricks or mortar pulling away from bricks


Insulation: Look for condition, adequate rating for climate


Doors and Windows: Look for loose or tight fits, condition of locks, condition of weatherstripping


Roof: Look for age, conditions of flashing, pooling water, buckled shingles, or loose gutters and downspouts


Ceilings, walls, and moldings: Look for loose pieces, drywall that is pulling away



Furnace/Air Conditioning: Look for age, energy rating; Furnaces are rated by annual fuel utilization efficiency; the higher the rating, the lower your fuel costs. However, other factors such as payback period and other operating costs, such as electricity to operate motors.


Garage: Look for exterior in good repair; condition of floor—cracks, stains, etc.; condition of door mechanism


Basement: Look for water leakage, musty smell


Attic: Look for adequate ventilation, water leaks from roof


Septic Tanks (if applicable): Adequate absorption field capacity for the percolation rate in your area and the size of your family  (Yes we do have Septic Tanks in OC)


Driveways/Sidewalks: Look for cracks, heaving pavement, crumbling near edges, stains


Electrical: Look for condition of fuse box/circuit breakers, number of outlets in each room


Plumbing: Look for poor water pressure, banging pipes, rust spots or corrosion that indicate leaks, sufficient insulation


Water Heater: Look for age, size adequate for house, speed of recovery, energy rating
Porch/Deck: Loose railings or step, rot