Home Inspection Commonly Missed Red Flags
What signs of problems do buyers and sellers commonly miss? How can you spot them? When you hire a professional home inspection company you really hope they do a thorough job. However we are only human. Sometimes even though it is right in front of us we can miss even the most obvious of errors.
When you hire an inspector they really have to be familiar with all aspects of a home’s construction and operation. A home or building will have to be inspected from top to bottom to really be thorough. An inspector may have to be well versed in everything from roofing shingles attic insulation to foundations water drainage and concrete work.
Let’s take a look at home inspection items that are most often overlooked.
- When clues are rendered unobservable, we minimized the chances to discover defects.
Be cautious when an inspector does not walk the roof, enter the attic, or enter a crawl space under a home. If a home is basement-less, determine if it has a crawl space or is on a concrete slab. Do not be shy about requiring the seller to make spaces accessible for inspection. Inspectors are not responsible for moving large boxes and furniture to inspect a home. Consider including a provision for testing or removing a paneled wall if the home inspector has any indication (such as water stains, pet odors or a negative exterior grade) the paneling or flooring could be hiding a defect.
- Negative grades around a home’s foundation.
It is not uncommon for contractor error, improper rain gutter installation or maintenance, or soil settlement around a foundation to create an environment for water penetration. Water can damage a home in many different ways. Some insects are attracted to water, certain materials will rot or discolor over time, mold develops and personal belongings can be damaged or destroyed. Fences, patios, shrubbery and bushes, particularly when overgrown, can hide settlement. Fallen leaves or snow during fall and winter months are also red flags to watch. The very best time to look at a home is after it has been raining steadily for a couple of hours.
- Heating and cooling equipment.
When inspections occur in cold weather, the cooling condenser is not activated. In sweltering weather the effectiveness of the heating element may be difficult to judge or not activated. HVAC equipment also contains many elements and electronic components that are susceptible to wear and tear.
Understanding these and all other aspects of a homes systems is key to obtaining a true report on the condition of a home and its mechanical and it’s structural systems.
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