Foreclosure Inspection

What to consider when looking at a home that is in Foreclosure. 

Foreclosures can present substantial financial gain for the buyer but these properties can have their own unique set of problems.

Some foreclosure properties often have extra problems due to the weatherization process.

These include, but are not limited to...

Plumbing and copper pipes that have expanded or burst

Romex or other electrical wiring (copper) - must be replaced if they were wet at anytime

Cabinets / counter tops that have any damage could be ok or may need replacement

Appliances such as stoves, built-in microwaves, dishwashers, space heaters, etc.

Furnaces, water heaters, and air conditioning units

Light fixtures, ceiling fans, switches, and receptacles

Doors (interior and exterior) and hardware (knobs and locks)

Flooring (carpet), suspended ceilings and walls (paneling and tile)

Windows and vents

Medicine cabinets, sinks, tubs, toilets and showers

Sink drains and faucets

Built-in shelving / bookcases

Landscaping, fencing, built-in pools and spas, retaining walls (landscape block), patio     stone

Wood trim (oak or any decorative)

Properties that have had the heat and water turned off for the winter or extended periods tend to be the homes of greatest concern. Also, many times foreclosure properties have been stripped of many things that a buyer would expect to be in a home.

We have seen many of the foreclosed homes have plumbing problems from poor weatherization done by inexperienced workers or plumbers.

When these homes are de-winterized have a plumbing company to do an air pressure test on the system before they turn the water on.

That way if there is a broken pipe, there will not be water leaking out and ruining the walls and floors.


We will pay extra attention to these homes as the problems are sometimes not as easily uncovered as in a non-foreclosed home.