A Home Inspection Spring Refresher – chapter 18

Spring is finally here, which means one thing – spring cleaning. But spring cleaning is more than just dusting and sweeping; it should require a thorough inspection of your house, inside and out. You’ll need a home inspector.

We’ve talked a lot about what good home inspectors cover during a thorough inspection of your new home. We would like to take a minute just to cover some of the red flags to look out for that some of the not-so-great home inspectors generally miss and should send you straight back to the negotiating table as a potential buyer.

16182061_STermites and other wood-seeking pests are an issue that can be addressed pre-sale, but if you can get some promise of aid in assuring the little critters don’t return, that’s something to ask for in negotiations.

If there are drainage issues that go unnoticed, the repairs for wood rot, wet basements and major mold growth can add up quickly. Replacing gutters and downspouts before it gets there is an essential before signing anything.

If you’re in the market for a “historic” property, don’t forego getting the foundation inspected. Costs for repairing or even replacing a foundation can get astronomically high. The gingerbread detailing on the wrap-around porch may not be worth it.

Asbestos is almost always looked for during inspections, but Chinese drywall found its way into many homes built in 2004 and 2005. Chinese drywall has sulphur off-gassing and needs to be completely removed from any home you’re hoping to buy. Not only is it toxic for your health, but also dramatically effects home systems leading to expensive repair costs later.

If you’re considering buying a new home or would just like to make sure your home is functioning at an optimal performance level, contact Center Grove. Get the professional stamp of approval.


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