Taking up a home inspection is probably one of the wisest investments you can make for your home. Whether it's a new home of pristine order or an upper fixer that needs extra work - a home inspection always puts you on the safer side. After all, the more knowledge you gain about your home, the better equipped you are to deal with home quality issues.
A little preparation prior to a home inspection gives you a better understanding of home quality issues when noted. Learn the common issues you are likely to encounter during a home inspection and what you should be doing about it.
Spotting water damage can be tricky for untrained eyes. There may be places where you notice the signs, but you really can't guess where it could lead to. Places like warped floors, soft spots near water sources, wet insulation, and leaks could go undetected by homeowners. Not attending to it could lead to conditions like dry rot, costly structural damage, toxic mold, and few other unknown damages. Also, issues like leaky roofs, cracked walls, musty odors, or any visible signs of water are red flags of water damage, which your home inspector would be guiding you with instructions of remediation.
According to NFPA (National Fire Protection Act), Home fires involving electrical failure or malfunction caused an estimated average of 440 civilian deaths and 1,250 civilian injuries each year in 2012-2016, as well as an estimated $1.3 billion in direct property damage a year. Home fires are a result of simple issues such as open junction boxes, missing wire nuts, or tangled electrical wires. Not keeping note of faulty electrical systems not only holds most chances of breaking into a fire hazard but also has an increased chance of a power surge damaging anything you have plugged in. This includes higher-cost items, such as your refrigerator, stove, washer, dryer, TV, and personal electronics.
Look for flags such as circuit-breaking trips, frayed or chewed wiring, or the flickering, buzzing, or dimming lights. Also look out for warm and vibrating wall outlets or any burning odors, for it may be indicative of some underlying life-threatening potential danger.
Old homes: Old homes have outdated and inadequate fuse boxes. The wiring in these homes is not adequate to keep up with today’s needs and may need to be entirely replaced. Moreover, Older homes lack ample power supply and electrical outlets causing the tangling of extension cords all over the place- the increasing probability of home fires.
Knob-and-tube wiring: Look out for knob-and-tube wiring as it can be dangerous for several reasons especially because this type of wiring lacks a grounding conductor. For the several risks involved, most insurance companies refuse to insure homes with knob-and-tube wiring.
Exposed Electrical wires: If an electrical wire is exposed, it is susceptible to physical damage. Open splice wires, which you’ll see if a wire is conjoined using just electrical tape or wire connectors, is usually the work of a do-it-yourself job.
Roof issues are generally not visible when you’re touring a potential home. Worn-out and aged roofs, broken shingles, improper installations are few issues homeowners are likely to encounter while buying a home. Roof issues are quite costly enough that most homeowners disregard the home in case of faulty roofs and explore other options. Your home inspector will advise you on the best way to approach your roof issues, whether it's repairable, the approximate cost involved, or if it's best to opt-out of buying that home.
Gutters and Downspouts need to be checked for integrity. Faulty gutters can produce several thousand gallons of water runoff. You must channel your gutter away from the home's foundation, else there's a huge probability that the excess water can quickly saturate the soil surrounding the building and wick through the foundation to the interior. Once inside, the moisture can lead to a variety of problems including wood rot, mold, and air moisture conditions. Most downspouts are made of the same material as the gutter system, so they tend to suffer from similar problems, but with a few twists-especially in the area of mechanical damage from proximity to high-traffic areas. Ask your home inspector about the best way to fix gutters and downspouts so that it doesn't damage the integrity of the home.
Most homeowners consider foundation problems as the kiss of death for your home sale and there are several reasons why it is considered so. Foundation problems are one of the most costly problems homeowners can encounter and it poses big risks to your home’s safety, value, and appearance. Generally, you won’t be able to officially diagnose foundation or structural issues on your own, but you can check for visible signs that warrant further investigation. Your home inspector could give you precise calculations about where the foundation could go wrong and how to fix it according to the degree of damage.
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