The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in a home and a lot of time is spent there so, naturally, as home inspectors, we take the time to perform a very detailed inspection of this area. If you are currently looking at houses to purchase, keep your eye out for these warning signs in the kitchen:
A kitchen can tell you a lot about the condition of the entire home. A good place to start your inspection is with the kitchen sink. Turn on the faucet and check the water pressure, is it low? If it is, you will want to find out why. Observe how rapidly the water drains from the sink. Next, have a look under the sink as well as the cabinetry that surrounds it and check for water damage or other signs of a water leak.
Does the kitchen have a dishwasher? This is another area where you may find water damage. If it is possible, check the dishwasher’s hoses and seals for signs of damage. Cracked or damaged hoses may mean that water has been leaking for some time. This will cause all kinds of issues such as rotting of the subfloor and mold.
Is there a gas oven in the kitchen? If so, can you smell any gas odor around it? If you can, this will be something that will need looking at. Another important area you will want to check is the kitchen’s electrical outlets to make sure they are all working.
If the kitchen countertops are damaged, this is another area you will want to think about as they will likely need to be replaced and this expense will need to be included in your budget.
So, when you are looking at a potential new home, why not start by checking out the kitchen? It may tell you more than you think.