Common Problems Found in Home Inspections

Common Problems Found in Home Inspections
Buying a home is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. That’s why homebuyers should have any property they’re thinking of purchasing thoroughly inspected by a licensed professional inspector. Read on to learn more about potential issues with your new home that will cost you time, money and headaches if they’re not addressed promptly.

Faulty wiring
While some wiring issues are minor, others can cause an electrical fire, putting your home and your family at risk. Don’t chance it – hire a professional home inspector to check it out. Pro tip: the pre-1960s “knob and tube” style of wiring is particularly at risk for electrical fire.

Damp basements

Moist, airless basements can be a hotbed for harmful black mold...

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Mold is Hard to See But a Home Inspector Can Spot It

Mold is Hard to See But a Home Inspector Can Spot It

Do you think there is no mold in that beautiful home you’re thinking of buying? You may want to think twice. Even if you don’t see it, mold spores may be there, lurking in hard-to-reach corners, beneath flooring or behind walls. Sellers often try to hide mold with cleverly placed paint or spackling – but a good home inspector can see right through their tricks.

Mold loves damp locations, such as previously flooded basements or leaking pipes and windows, and can also thrive in tightly sealed new construction, where even a tiny amount of trapped moisture can cause it to grow. One commonly held misconception is that only humid areas have mold problems, but that’s not true – mold can grow in buildings that have desert like climates.

The last thing you want to do is purchase a home wi...

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Importance of Home Inspections

Home inspections can save you a lot of time and money in the long run.

Although you think you’re buying a beautiful house with a stone-lined fireplace and marble floors, chances are you’re probably also buying problems lurking in the walls, in the crawl space or even the attic. A home inspection is your chance to avoid those problems or at least use the results to negotiate with the seller to pay for any repairs.

Home inspections can save you a lot of time and money in the long run. Here are a few great reasons to have a home inspection before you commit to buying:

Unknown troubles

If you’re buying a newer house, a home inspection may seem like a waste of money but there can always be costly troubles that are unknown to the average home buyer, no matter the age of the home...

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Here’s What You Need To Know About Radon

RadonWhen we purchase a home or an older building, it is common knowledge the need to install or check on carbon monoxide detectors. Even just a little bit of the tasteless, colorless, and non-smelling gas of carbon monoxide is incredibly harmful. Well, so is radon and there are too many people who are unaware of this radioactive gas’s damage.

Radon is a naturally occurring gas that comes from the natural, radioactive decay of uranium. Radon can be found in igneous rock and soil most commonly, with less commonly being found in well water.

Radon is the heaviest and densest known gas. Due to the fact that radon’s decay particles can reach high concentration levels inside of buildings, specifically lower levels, you will find a lot of homes will have radon detected in the basement...

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Common Home Inspection Mistakes

Home InspectionsBuying a home is a huge investment, which is why it’s so important to have it inspected before you purchase it. Therefore, if you’re in the market for a new home, avoid these common home inspection mistakes to make sure you get the best home possible.

Researching the Inspector

Don’t just ask for a recommendation on who you should hire for your inspection, do your homework and find the best one. Meet with them prior to the inspection and ask them questions to make sure they are continually educating themselves on home inspections. Make it a point to see if they can not only show you the positives and negatives of the home, but are able to explain them as well.

Not Attending the Inspection

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have to show up to the inspection but it’s still a good idea to a...

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The Importance of Carbon Monoxide Testing

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning It seems like a couple decades ago “carbon monoxide poisoning” wasn’t “as well-known as it is today. Fortunately, there is more awareness today regarding this potential fatal health hazard.

Carbon monoxide, for those of you who don’t know, is an odorless, tasteless, colorless gas that can kill you. It’s found in the fumes any time you burn fuel in cars, trucks, small engines, stoves, lanterns, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges or furnaces. The majority of the time, the carbon monoxide doesn’t poison people because home’s have good ventilation. It can escape!

Problems occur when, for whatever reason, there’s nowhere for the carbon monoxide to escape to, and it builds up indoors, you and your pets breathe it, and you possibly die.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning inclu...

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