Home Inspections Are Critical
What is a home inspection?
It is a detailed assessment of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the foundation to the roof. The inspection should be completed by a licensed home inspector, an experienced home builder, or engineer. The inspection should be done when power, gas and water systems are turned on, with all areas of the home being unobstructed. Obtain a detailed inspection report in writing.
Key components of inspection
Heating system, central air conditioning system, interior plumbing (kitchen and bathrooms), electrical panel, visible wiring, electric outlets & switches, water heater, appliances included in sale, roof structure and covering, attic area (truss & insulation), walls, ceilings, floors, windows, siding, foundation, basement, attached porches or decks, driveway and sidewalk.
Routine inspections and home projects
Homeowners should schedule a maintenance inspection every three to five years to identify problems before they become costly repairs. An inspection is also recommended when you’re considering a major remodeling, renovation, or home expansion project. Your inspector may provide insight regarding potential issues or challenges you could face in making major changes to the existing structure.
Be aware of settling cracks or sink hole areas
Settlement areas or sink holes can threaten your home. Be aware of cracks on exterior walls, inside along windows or doors, or cracks in floor tiles and concrete areas, including sidewalks and driveways. If your floor begins to slope or becomes uneven, if you see deep depressions in your yard, or if you hear unusual noises under your home, you may have a serious issue. Contact a professional to investigate.
Inspecting for mold and moisture
Ask your inspector to look for signs of serious mold issues when inspecting your home. Minor mold problems can be resolved by dealing with moisture levels, or water leaks in your home that cause mold. A home that is closed up for an extended period of time without AC or proper ventilation will often have mold issues. Do some research. Understand the issues and remedies. This EPA link may be helpful. www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-08/documents/moldguide.pdf