Home Inspection Spotlight: The Kitchen
Posted On: Sep 23, 2016
A home consists of many different parts, from the plumbing and electric to the basement and the attic. Therefore, there is quite a bit to cover over the course of a home inspection to make sure everything is up to par and identify current or potential issues a new homeowner may face after making a purchase.
This time, we’re going to take a look at one of the most important rooms in your home – the kitchen. What does a home inspector look for when inspecting the most used part of a home? Here’s what you can expect to be reviewed.
■ Is there a working exhaust fan over the stove? Is it vented properly to outside of the home?
■ Does the stove heat up properly?
■ Is there a smell of gas when the stove burners are on?
■ Are the electrical outlets around the sink fitted with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) protection? (You’ll recognize these outlets as having the small “TEST” and “RESET” buttons in the center.)
■ Are there any leaks in the pipes underneath the sink or around the faucet and sprayer?
■ Is the water flow in the sink good with reasonable pressure?
■ Are there any signs of deterioration around the garbage disposal or wastewater pipes? Is the garbage disposal properly plugged into a grounded outlet?
■ Is the bottom of the cabinet below the sink in good shape, free of water stains or water damage?
■ Are the water shut-off valves working properly?
■ Does the dishwasher drain properly? Are there any leaks?
■ Are the baskets and the door operating properly?
■ Do the built-in appliances (refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishwasher, etc.) all operate properly? Are they in good shape?
■ Are the cabinets in good condition with the doors and drawers all working properly? Are they properly installed and able support a reasonable weight load?
■ Are the countertops in good condition and free of damage?
Just as the kitchen is one of the most important rooms of the home, it can also be responsible for some of the most expensive repairs within a home. Always be sure to use a licensed home inspector so you can feel confident in his or her evaluation of your home.