When you buy a home, there are several things you’ll need to check for in the home inspection. You’ll need to get that home and its property because there are plenty of problems that could be hiding. This isn’t about peeling paint, which will be both obvious and pretty easy to fix, but about big-ticket items that can affect the livability of the property.
Hidden Water Damage
Water is the biggest enemy of your home. There’s the potential for damage to the foundation. If water is found to be in the vicinity of the house, you want the water to flow away from the house, not towards it. Outside, check the gutters and spouts, because if they aren’t functioning properly, it can damage the foundation. While external water damage is pretty easy to spot with a visual inspection, potential damage hidden inside a home’s walls can be harder to detect. To ensure that your home is safe from water damage that can lead to moldy walls, make sure your inspector takes the extra precautions of wielding an infrared camera to find water damage that exists beneath the surface of a home.
Some pests can pose serious risks to your health and that of your family. Carpenter ants, certain types of beetles, and termites are amongst the common wood-destroying insects that severely damage a home. In the worst-case scenario, a home inspector will find these destroying organisms after it’s too late. In this event, certain components of a home will need to be replaced, which could seriously affect a home’s value and buyer interest. If an inspector finds hazardous organisms before serious damage occurs, sellers will have to exterminate them.
Foundations are meant to stay in one place but, over time, water can cause the soil around the foundation walls to expand. When the water goes away, the soil shrinks and the foundation settles, creating cracks and pathways for water to enter the structure. If you don’t get the foundation checked, you may end up paying a lot of money to get it fixed. Most homes will experience structural distress during their lifetime, so it’s beneficial for you to get it checked out.
Remember: there’s no such thing as a perfect house. Your home inspection will likely turn up something one way or the other. Catching the issues early will ensure peace of mind.
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