When it comes to a home’s exterior, not everything is about curb appeal and cosmetics. Sure, the perfect paint color and a lush lawn will catch someone’s eye, but the outside of a house is about structure, functionality, and safety just as much as the inside is. And while the average home buyer can’t always see a house’s potential issues from driving by or walking through a showing, a proper home inspection can reveal things the naked eye misses. Today, we’re reviewing what home inspectors check outside of houses for.[Read more…]
Why Home Inspectors Check Windows and Walls
When performing a residential inspection, a home inspector has to check all sorts of things—from plumbing and electrical systems to attics and appliances. They also have to check the most basic, yet still important, barriers in the home: windows and walls. In this blog, we’re going to focus on what all home inspectors check windows and walls for specifically.[Read more…]
Can I Perform My Own Home Inspection?
DIY projects—like re-staining furniture, building a bookshelf, or painting a wall—can be fun for the ambitious homeowners looking to save some cash. But when it comes to a home inspection, is that something you should try doing yourself? As a home inspection company, you can probably guess what our answer is going to be. But we’re going to tackle the question anyways! Let’s discuss whether a home buyer can and should perform their own home inspection.[Read more…]
Home Insulation: What an Inspector Looks For
Most New Englanders are familiar with insulation and its crucial role in a household’s climate. Put plainly, insulation is the stuff that helps keep our home environment cool in the summer and warm in the winter. But there’s much more to it than that. And since it’s such an essential element of a house, it is indeed something inspectors examine during a standard home inspection. So, let’s go over the ins and outs of home insulation and what an inspector looks for.[Read more…]
How Often Do I Need to Get My Septic Tank Pumped?
For many homeowners with septic tanks, it’s often something that’s “out of sight, out of mind.” But like many other things found in your house and on your property, a septic tank requires regular care and maintenance to keep it functioning properly. If not, you run the risk of health and safety hazards, raw sewage backup in your home, and very costly repairs. So, how often do you need to get a septic tank pumped? Let’s explore that question.[Read more…]
The Risks of Improper Toilet Installation
Toilets: every home needs at least one. Essential to our everyday lives and functioning bathrooms, these modern-day plumbing fixtures are often overlooked. But, if not installed properly, toilets can cause structural issues and severe damage, which could negatively affect a home inspection report. Whether constructing a brand-new house or renovating the bathroom in your current place, you won’t want to skimp on the toilet installation. If done incorrectly, you could encounter these issues.[Read more…]
GFCI Outlets and Where They Belong in Your Home
Analyzing a home’s electrical system is a complex task and one that home inspectors take very seriously due to the dangerous repercussions of faulty wiring. An electrical component that is often overlooked by prospective homebuyers is the presence of Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters – or GFCI outlets – and their location on the property. These devices are essential to prevent fatal electrical shocks and should be properly inspected. Let’s discuss the basics of GFCI outlets and where they belong in your home.[Read more…]
3 Reasons to Rent Portable Toilets for Your Event or Job Site
With Homeinex now offering high-quality portable toilet rentals, we’re helping entertainment venues, construction sites, and more cater to their guests’ and employees’ needs. Providing privacy and comfort in a public setting is important for your reputation, but renting portable toilets accomplishes even more than that. Let’s discuss some of the most impactful reasons to rent portable toilets for your event or job site.[Read more…]
3 Ways Mobile Home Inspections Differ from Conventional Houses
Mobile and manufactured homes need an inspection just like any traditional house. Since mobile homes are more at risk of damage, they require a proper inspection from the roof to the ground which focuses on specific areas, such as plumbing, electricity, and flooring. However, there are a few additional features a home inspector needs to closely analyze to ensure the new owner of a mobile home is moving into a safe and sound structure. Let’s review some of the ways mobile home inspections differ from conventional houses.[Read more…]
Do Home Inspectors Check Appliances?
When purchasing a home, oftentimes the previous owners will include the home’s built-in appliances as part of the deal. However, inheriting a bunch of appliances that are broken can lead to several expensive replacements. This begs the question, are appliances like stoves, dishwashers, and trash disposal part of a home inspection? Let’s discuss whether home inspectors check appliances and, if so, which appliances they focus on.[Read more…]