How to pass your home inspection
Every home buyer wants the security of knowing that the home he is considering
purchasing is good beneath the surface. That is, will the roof leak? What
about the plumbing? Has the basement flooded? Ensuring that the areas
listed below are in order will help you pass inspection with flying colors.
Also, when you know what to look for, you can prevent little problems
from growing into costly and unmanageable headaches.
Defective plumbing usually manifests with leaking and clogging. Looking
under sinks and pipes can detect leaks. Water pressure can be determined
by turning on all the faucets in the highest bathroom and then flushing
the toilet. The sound of running water indicates undersized pipes. If
dirty water appears when you turn on the faucet, it could indicate that
the pipes are rusting.
Damp or wet basement
A white mineral deposit on the walls and basement floor indicates water
seepage. A mildew odor might also be present. Sealing a crack in or around
your basement foundation, depending on severity and location, runs from $300
- $1,000. To waterproof an average 3 bedroom home, is estimated at around
$5,000 - $15,000.
Insufficient wiring & electrical
Your home should have a minimum of 100 amps service. It should be clearly
marked and the wire should be copper. Octopus plugs indicate inadequate circuits
and are a fire hazard. Cover plates on all junction boxes and outlets.
Faulty heating & cooling systems
The most common causes of poor heating are insufficient insulation and an
inadequate or a poorly functioning heating system. A clean furnace, without
rust on the heat exchanger, typically has a life span of 15-25 years. A cracked
heat exchanger on a forced air gas system could emit deadly carbon monoxide
into the home. Unrepairable, it must be replaced if damaged.
Water seepage through the roof results from deterioration of the asphalt
shingles (e.g. curling or splitting), or damage from a storm. When water
is not properly directed through gutters and downspouts, or gutters leak,
this could result in major internal problems.
Damp attic spaces
Aside from basement dampness, problems with ventilation, insulation and
vapor barriers can cause water, moisture, mold and mildew to form in the
attic. This can lead to premature wear of the roof, structure and building
materials. The cost to fix this damage could easily run over $2,500.
Rotting occurs from exposure to elements, and is most prevalent on doors,
window frames, trim, siding, decks and fences.
Left unattended, smaller repairs can lead to problems with water and moisture
penetration into the home which could lead to a chimney being clogged
by fallen bricks or even a chimney which falls onto the roof.
Adequate security features
These basic safety features should be functioning properly: locks on windows
and patio doors, dead bolts on the doors, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
on every level.
Investigate the underlying footing, basement and foundation to ensure
Keeping these items in mind as you walk through your home, will help
you provide for any future costs and disappointments. A Real Estate Professional
has many resources in place to assist you. They can recommend a professional
inspector, repair services or any other housing related need you may have.