Older homes can have a lot of architectural character and unique style. If you’re house hunting, you’ve probably noticed older ones on the market that are significantly less expensive than any relatively new construction. But the lower listing price isn’t just because of some shag carpeting or outdated kitchen cabinets—it’s because these houses tend to come with the risk of problems that require expensive repairs. In this blog, we’ll share some of the issues we most commonly find when inspecting older homes.[Read more…]
Living in New England, it’s not all too uncommon to encounter a prospective home built in the 1970s or earlier. It can be exciting for some home buyers to find a home with decades of history within its walls. However, since the building codes of 50 years ago and the construction materials used differ so much from those of today, you can run into a lot of issues. Let’s take a look at a few of the common hazards in homes built in the 1970s.[Read more…]
The attic and crawlspaces of a home oftentimes are not a priority for a prospective buyer. They’re mostly concerned with the condition of high-traffic living spaces and the functionality of the utilities of a home. However, the less occupied areas of a home can surprisingly be most telling of its structural integrity, energy efficiency, and air quality. To stress the importance of inspecting these often-unused spaces, let’s take a look at some common problems found in attics and crawlspaces.[Read more…]
A home inspection is meant to discover whether a home is up to code, is safe for the prospective buyer, and doesn’t have any expensive maintenance issues. While there may be some issues that are apparent to the buyer, electrical issues can be very difficult to diagnose via the untrained eye. To ensure you’re protected from hazardous situations, it’s important to become aware of electrical problems commonly found during inspections.[Read more…]
When a home undergoes inspection, the inspector checks to ensure the roof, floors, walls, windows, and doors are properly insulated. This is reasonable, as the sole purpose of insulation is to keep your home warm during winter, right? Not precisely. The idea of insulation is based on several factors, of which just one of them is keeping the temperature comfortable. Determining why your home needs to be insulated requires a better understanding of what duties insulation does.[Read more…]
Buying a new home is a large investment. But even recently built homes that appear flawless to the untrained eye can have some common issues lying beneath the surface. To safeguard your investment before committing to a purchase, make sure you hire a home inspector. Furthermore, be sure to familiarize yourself with some of the common problems found during home inspections.