A kitchen is a place where people spend a lot of their time so, during our thorough home inspections, we perform a detailed inspection of the kitchen. Here are a few of the warning signs that we look out for that you can also check as you look at potential homes to buy:
The kitchen sink is a good place to start as it can tell you a lot about the condition of the home. Start by turning on the faucet, how is the water pressure? Does it seem low? If so you will want to find out the reason. Next, observe how quickly water drains from the sink. Take a look under the sink and surrounding cabinetry for any signs that water is leaking and whether this is causing damage.
Another area where you may observe water damage is the dishwasher. If you are able, have a look at the dishwashers’ hoses and seals and check if they are damaged. If they are, water may have been leaking for a while which can cause serious problems such as mold and rotting of the subfloor.
The kitchens electrical outlets are another important area to check, for example, are they all working properly and if not, why not? If the kitchen has a gas oven do you detect any gas odors surrounding it? Again, this could be another sign of something bigger.
Damaged countertops will also be an area you will want to consider as bacteria can be found in damaged grout, etc. Many times, its better just to replace them but this is something you will want to factor into your budget.
As you can see, the kitchen is an important area to inspect when looking for a new home.