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Steps in a home inspection
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What does a home inspection cover?
Great question! Let’s have a quick look at what’s included in a home inspection:
Plumbing is included in a home inspection because the potential for extensive water damage to occur is high if there are issues with the plumbing. While DIY plumbing may be a great way to save money, it can be a nightmare which ends up costing more money in the long run. Incorrectly installed plumbing means the potential for leaks—and leaks can cause a lot of damage. Sometimes these leaks are very easy to see because they are visible. The types of plumbing issues our home inspectors look at include those in basements and tucked away in cupboards, places most people don’t look very often.
In doing home inspections, our inspectors have seen some pretty interesting DIY plumbing set ups. Some are downright dangerous, others are just a major catastrophe waiting to happen.
Our home inspection checklist ensures that we examine the plumbing throughout the house. We note any issues the house may currently have (like leaks or corrosion) and also potential areas of concern. These potential areas might not be causing issues now but they may in the future. They should be fixed now to avoid paying more money in the future to fix the damage caused by water damage.
Yes, we actually climb up on the roof to have a look at what is going on up there. We don’t simply guess by standing on the ground. Roofing problems have the potential to cause a lot of damage, mostly related to water (or snow!) getting into the attic. Once that happens, there is the potential for mold growth and rot. If things get bad enough, it will cause damage to the ceilings. If it reaches that point, action needs to be taken right away.
We look at the shingles, vents, gutters, downspouts and everything to do with roofing and preventing water from coming into the home. Our professional home inspectors poke their heads up into the attic to assess the situation from that angle. It is surprising sometimes to see the damage that is occurring up in the attic that isn’t visible from inside the house, such as nests for critters like mice, squirrels and even raccoons. Our inspectors have seen it all. And we’ll note it for you in the home inspection report.
This is one area that is often overlooked in a lot of home inspections. Our home inspectors check to see if your heating and cooling systems are properly installed and the approximate age of your furnace and air conditioning unit. If you are buying a home, you want to know if the furnace is newer or older. An older furnace or air conditioning unit may mean that you’ll be buying a new one in the near future. You want to know that in advance so you can plan for it.
Our home inspectors also look at the ventilation in your home. Many houses have very good energy efficiency because work has been done on them to keep out drafts. This is great for saving money on heating and cooling bills. But it may not be so great if the house if too well sealed. This means the house isn’t “breathing” enough and there may be a buildup of moisture inside. And high levels of moisture inside a house can mean mold. And what does it mean if there is mold growing inside a house? Possible health concerns. Our home inspector’s checklist also includes looking for too much moisture in a home so you know what’s really going on with the house.
This is one of the places where DIY projects tend to show themselves the most. Our home inspectors have seen some very creative electrical set ups that are incredibly dangerous and have a huge potential for fire. Yes, it really can be that bad.
We will check to see what sort of electrical panel is in the house. For older homes, the electrical panel may need upgrading to handle all the electricity modern electronics use. There also may be older wiring which needs to be replaced.
Our home inspectors also look for unsafe electrical setups like having a plug right next to a sink or having an improperly installed light above a shower. Believe it or not, our inspectors have seen these things first hand. Unsafe electrical setups will be documented in the home inspection report so that you’ll know if any of these kinds of situations is present in the house.
Foundation leaks are just another example of where water can cause major damage to a home. Sometimes it can be very obvious there is water damage, like when a basement wall is wet. And other times it is less obvious like when the leak is hidden behind drywall or carpeting. Our home inspectors are trained to look at telltale signs of water damage that may not be obvious right away by examining walls (both inside and outside), drywall and carpeting in the basement.
This is a biggie! Our inspectors will check out the structure of the home and report it to you. We look at roof lines to see if the roof is sagging, we look at the foundation for cracks and we check out the basement to see if the building’s foundation is slanting.
Any of these issues cost a lot of money to repair. You need to know about situations like this if you are buying a home. If you are looking to stay in your home, then these issues will need to be addressed before you sell. It will make it easier to sell your home when the time comes.
Finally! After crawling, climbing, poking around and seeing what’s going on in nearly every corner of a house, we will give you a detailed report about what our home inspector has found.
How do I use this report?
There are many uses for it!
- you can use it if you are looking to buy a home to negotiate a change in price if there are major repairs that to be done to the house
- if you are selling your home, you can use it to make repairs before listing so that you can get a better price
- as a guide for general maintenance for a home you are planning to stay in for a while