Execute A Professional Inspection
According to industry experts, there are at least 30 physical problems that will determine the current condition of a home during a home inspection. The following are the most common and could cost you dearly in terms of repair.
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Now the most salient inspection issues:
- A visual inspection can detect leaking. An inspector will gauge water pressure. If you hear the sound of running water, it indicates the pipes are undersized.
- Damp or wet areas will be obvious on walls due to a powdery white mineral deposit a few inches off the floor or ground. Blackened areas may indicate mold or mildew. Corrections could lead to installation of a sump pump, removal of walls, floor coverings, cabinetry, etc. and require duct work cleaning.
- Inadequate Electrical Wiring may be observable if too many plugs are inserted in outlets. Wires should be copper or aluminum. An inspector will check the electrical box and test the outlets.
- Inadequate Heating and Cooling Systems are checked by switching on and timing the response of the effect. Units must be sized properly and age of the unit are important factors for effective results.
- Roof problems because of physical deterioration and infrequent maintenance can be expensive. When gutters leak and downspouts allow water to run down and through exterior walls, this external problem becomes a major internal one.
- Damp attic spaces indicate problems with ventilation, insulation and vapor barriers which can cause water, moisture, mold and mildew to form in the attic. This can lead to premature wear of the roof and any other related structural materials.
- Rotten Wood can be due to many moisture reasons or termites. Look at eaves, door or window frames, trim, siding, decks and fences.
- Masonry Work pertains to block structures, stucco, decorative stone or faux stone accents, chimneys and block walls. Ascertain chimneys are unblocked and if any moisture penetration areas or gaping spaces occur on these surfaces.
- Unsafe or Obsolete circuit panels should be checked for by the inspector.
- Basic safety features such as working locks, dead bolts, smoke detectors and perhaps even a security system should be noted.
- Structural problems should be inspected for by the inspector and may be detectable visually in cracking of floors, walls and ceilings.