We’re all aware that asbestos is hazardous to one’s health. If you haven’t experienced its damaging effects in someone close to you, then you’ve at least witnessed the countless personal injury ads on television. Given the widespread knowledge of this dangerous substance and its liberal use in the past, it’s reasonable to fear that asbestos may be present in an older home. If you’re looking to sell or invest in a new property, you’re likely concerned about what happens if a home inspector finds asbestos.[Read more…]
Since it’s such a big decision, you want to do everything to ensure your new home is worth the investment. While many shoppers may be most concerned by such things as the foundation, roof, and flooring, there’s an element to a home inspection that doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves: water pressure and flow. In this blog, we’ll explain the importance of inspecting water pressure and flow and why it affects more than just your morning showers.
Improper grading is taken very seriously by home inspectors due to the structural implications. The job of a graded slope is to direct rain runoff away from the home. If the landscape is not sloped accordingly, it can result in water pooling around your home’s foundation. Some homeowners are unaware of the importance of setting the grade for their landscape, but since it can result in serious damage, it’s critical to learn why your landscape should have a graded slope.[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.
A building’s stability is only as reliable as its foundation. A foundation’s purpose is to support the structure above and keep it upright, but a poor foundation can be a danger to its occupants and surrounding properties. For this reason, it’s vital to understand why home foundations are a critical part of home inspections, as underestimating the importance of a strong home foundation can be extremely hazardous.
Regardless of the season, your home is constantly at risk of pest infestation. We’re long past the summer months where bugs and insects run rampant in your home. But, in winter, there is a greater risk of rodents, as they will break into your home in search of food and shelter. Not only is it a dealbreaker when buying or selling a home due to sanitation concerns, but pest infestation is harmful to your home’s architecture, as well.
Knowing and keeping up to date on the intricacies of water heaters is an important skillset for licensed home inspectors. However, you don’t have to be an expert in home inspection to know when your water heater is on the fritz. A cold shower in the morning will be the only wake-up call you’ll need to realize you’re experiencing water heater problems. But before you call an electric or gas company technician, there are steps you can take to ensure the problem has a simple solution.
A home inspector is often brought in as part of the home buying process, typically by the buyers. Their job is to make sure both parties – buyers and sellers – know the condition of the home and any issues it might have that could impact the value, condition, or safety of the home. A lot can ride on the outcome of a home inspection, from getting a potential buyer to agree to buy to losing thousands of dollars on the home’s value if any problems arise from the inspection. As a seller, it might be tempting to try and hide things from a home inspector. This blog is going to try and dissuade you.[Read more…]
On the top of everyone’s home safety list is adding security cameras, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, but one that is often overlooked is testing for radon. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, radon is the number one leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers. This silent killer is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year. Read on to learn more about radon and the lasting effects it can have on you and your family.[Read more…]