Most people don’t realize the number of complex systems there are in the average home. I
can help you evaluate the condition of all these systems and components of your home. So,
why a home inspection before you list your home for sale?
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No house is perfect, here is a list of common concerns
Does Your House Have Any Of These?
You May Need An Inspection ! ! ! !
Problems with roofing material, due to aging, wear, or improper installation, are likely to be
found in the majority of homes. Some roofs require replacement, others could use some
type of maintenance or repair.
Ceiling stains, indicating past or current roof leaks: Unfortunately, you often can't tell if the
roof still leaks unless you inspect on a rainy day and when it is snow covered. Some stains
are merely the residual effects of roof problems that have been repaired, while others may
be related to leaky plumbing.
Water intrusion into basements or crawl spaces due to ground water conditions:
Faulty drainage can be pervasive, difficult to resolve, and sometimes very damaging to
buildings. Correction can be as simple as re-grading the exterior grounds or adding roof
gutters. Unfortunately, major drainage improvements are often warranted, requiring costly
ground water systems such as French drains.
Electrical safety hazards, especially (but not always) in older homes:
Examples are ungrounded outlets, extension cords, lack of ground fault current interrupters
(shock protection devices), faulty wiring conditions in electrical panels or elsewhere in a
building, etc. Such problems may result from errors at the time of construction but often are
due to wiring that was added or altered by persons other than qualified electricians.
Electrical upgrades are often desirable and necessary.
Rotted wood at building exteriors and at various plumbing fixtures:
In areas where wood remains wet for long periods, e.g. Roof eaves, exterior trim, decks,
around tubs and showers, or below loose toilets, fungus infection is likely to attack, resulting
in a condition commonly known as dry rot. If left unchecked, damage can be quite extensive.
Building violations where additions and alterations were constructed without permits:
Homeowners will often tell a home inspector, "We added the garage without a permit, but it
was all done to code." This is a red flag to most inspectors, because no one could possibly
know the entire building code, let alone the average person without construction knowledge.
Whenever an owner offers code assurance, problems are likely to be found.
Unsafe fireplace and chimney conditions:
Problems with wood burning fixtures can range from lack of maintenance to faulty
installation. Most common are missing spark arrestors and faulty placement of freestanding
Wood-burning stoves are typically installed by homeowners and handymen, persons without
adequate knowledge of fire safety requirements. Common violations involve insufficient
clearance between hot metal surfaces and combustible materials within the building. Fire
hazards of this kind are often concealed in attics, where they remain undiscovered until a
roof fire occurs.
Faulty installation of water heaters:
In most localities, less than 5% of all water heaters are installed in full compliance with
plumbing code requirements. Common violations include inadequate strapping, improperly
installed overflow piping, unsafe flue conditions, or faulty gas piping. What's more, today's
water heaters are designed to have shorter longevity. Leaks can develop in units that are
only five years old. Sometimes installation of a new water heater is necessary.
Hazardous conditions involving gas heaters:
Most gas-fueled heaters are in need of some maintenance, if only the changing of an air
filter. In some cases, however, gas heaters contain life-threatening defects that can remain
undiscovered until too late. These can range from fire safety violations to the venting of
carbon monoxide into the building. A cracked firebox, for example, can remain undiscovered
unless found by an expert or until tragic consequences occur.
Frequently improperly built as a weekend project by amateurs we inspect wood decks for
the most common defects and hazards. Inadequate railings and baluster spacing can lead
to personal injury.
Firewall violations in attached garages:
Special fire-resistive construction is required for walls and doors that separate a garage
from a dwelling. Violations are common, due to faulty construction, damage or alterations to
the garage interior, or changes in code requirements since the home was built. In older
homes, where firewalls' are not installed, sellers and agents will often suggest that the
building predates the code. However, the fire separation requirement for residential garages
dates back to 1927. Garage door openers have a separate set of concerns.
Air quality issues:
Additional information about asbestos, biological pollutants, toxic mold, home air quality and
how to clean
I realize buyers are most concerned about the structure, roof, heating systems and a dry
basement. Those areas in particular are evaluated meticulously, but we make sure to
ascertain other areas that may be of some concern to you. I work for you, not the seller or
the Realtor. I help you assess the risk of home ownership and disclose the defects in the
home to you which will assist you in making an informed decision.
The process of inspecting a home is a crucial one. Many buyers purchase their home on
impulse and find themselves suffering from buyers remorse upon discovering serious flaws
in the home itself. I provide my clients with the tools they need to make an educated choice
regarding the quality and condition of their potential new home. By hiring an experienced
home inspector who has your best interest solely in mind, my clients are better able to judge
the strengths and weaknesses of the home in which they are under contract to buy.
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