WHY YOU NEED A HOME INSPECTION
Whether you’re buying or selling, there’s no doubt that you need a home inspection. If you own a new or established home, we’re sure you’ll also benefit from a regularly scheduled home inspection.
Buying a Home?
Buying a home is one of your life’s major decisions. Not just because you’re imagining a different life in a different place but also because you’re likely making the single largest investment of your life. You need to be as informed and educated as possible. Without question, a professional home inspection is the best investment you can make before settlement.
A professional home inspection helps you learn about the home you’re buying, gives you confidence to address potential concerns, and delivers peace of mind about your new investment.
A home inspection gives you a comprehensive understanding of the condition of the property, and recommended repairs, across a dozen major categories: Structural, Roofing, Exterior, Interior, Electrical, Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, Insulation and Ventilation, Appliances, Water Control, Waste Disposal, and Property and Site. A home inspection also gives you information about the types of maintenance required to keep the home in good shape and all major systems operating smoothly. After spending two to three hours with an inspector, followed by a digital report replete with dozens of photos and related commentary, you will have a much better understanding of the property you intend to purchase.
Selling a Home?
Ask your agent, selling a home is a challenge. You’re working closely with your agent to put forward your best listing. You’re also interested in required repairs or upgrades that can help to expedite the sale of your home. But you’re not just selling your home, you’re competing with other home sellers. Even in a market with rising prices, buyers still have the advantage: if they don’t buy your home, there are more homes available down the street or across town.
A professional home inspection helps you to address issues prior to selling your home, prepare your home for its best showing, and ensure a successful home sale.
If you intend to put your house on the market, consider a pre-listing home inspection, which identifies items that inevitably will be identified by a homebuyer’s inspection. And if you’re listing your house, a listing with a home inspection signals to buyers that you’ve developed an effective negotiation position because you’ve already proactively inspected the property and have considered and priced required repairs.
Maintaining your Home
Many people do not care for the maintenance of their home. The result is serious defects appear after some time like plaster in the ceiling falling, leaks in the toilets ceiling, Cracks in the sunshade, Wooden in door sections being eaten away by pests, etc.. Prevention is always better than cure and it is advisable to get your building inspected by qualified people periodically and preventive measures taken.
Many property problems go unseen within a property and sometimes it is the case that these property problems can only be detected and identified using specialist equipment during a property survey.
There are however, many small signs to help you spot emerging property problems that can help you with the property repairs around your home, both externally and internally. If however, you are uncertain regarding a property problem, it is always best to consult an expert.
External property problems
The easy way to determine whether you may have external property problems is to examine gutters, downpipes and drains for signs of deterioration. Look out for:
- Vegetation growing out of gutters
- Slipped or loose slates
- Rusting or cracking cast iron down pipes and gutters
- Leaking overflow pipes
- Cracks in stonework
- Defective pointing to windows or walls
- Moss or lichen growing on the stonework
- Damp staining on stonework particularly adjacent to pipes
- Damaged or overflowing drains
- Check for defects in lead flashings round chimneys valleys and parapet walls
Few Internal property problems
Spotting internal property problems is not quite so easy, but in roofs and basements the following are useful pointers:
- Look out for water staining in the roof void
- Check your seals round baths and showers
- Check under your floor for condensation
- If you smell dampness within your property, investigate it. Do not let it fester and cause damp problems.
It goes without saying, but early action will result in cost effective and stress free property solutions.
Few advice to prevent property problems
- Regularly checking and clearing out leaves and debris from roof gutters, hopper heads and ground level rainwater drains will help the flow of water and prevent a build up of moisture entering the property.
- After heavy rain falls, check gutters and downpipes to see if there are any leaks, signs of overflow or tell tale signs of dampnes.
- Removing cracked and bossed external rendering or harking and renewing it will ensure your home’s outside walls have coverings that are as effective as they were originally
Look for loose seals or mastic pointing around the bath or shower. This could mean water is seeping through behind the shower/bath and potentially giving rise to wet rot. Replacing seals and pointing can be done quickly and cheaply.
- If you have condensation problems, it might be an idea to consider installing air ventilation’s systems or a dehumidifier to tackle the problem. You can also get more hints and tips by contacting our website.
- If you have a sub floor crawl space, check to see if there is any damp earth or leaking pipes. Dealing quickly with such problems could avoid costly repairs
- Tackling property problems inside and outside a property can seem daunting, but by breaking them down to manageable tasks and by understanding the financial benefits, you can make a real difference preserving your property now and into the future.