Buying a new home is not something that should be taken lightly. There are a lot of factors to take into consideration, especially if you are buying from a previous owner. You should always have a home inspection completed to ensure everything is up to code.
Beware of these problems home buyers and sellers commonly miss:
Air Conditioning Problems
When the hot summer months come along, you’ll want to ensure that the air conditioning system is up to standards, so be mindful of this during the inspection. You want to cognizant of A/C units that are older, are not cooling properly, or have a dirty evaporator coil. Also, keep an eye on any units that have used R-22 Freon which is old, and due to its issues, soon to be replaced.
Heating/Cooling Systems Problems
Keep an eye on any heating and cooling systems that may be within the home. Watch for improper installations, devices that have not been well-maintained, and devices with outdated components. An inspector should also watch for the absence of a drain pan at the base of the water heater.
Make sure any previous water stains or active water leaks are non-existent in the home. Ideally, plumbing throughout the house should be free of leaks. There are numerous red flags when it comes to potential leaks, and they include a worn roof, moisture stains around walls and windows, and water ponding by the foundation.
Since the wiring of a home is usually hidden away, it can be easy to miss during a home inspection. This is especially important in any older homes. Many homeowners tend to do their share of do-it-yourself wiring so have a professional inspector make sure everything is up to code.
An inspector should also spend time outside during their inspection, and that includes keeping an eye on the roof. Watch for red flags including improper installations, missing flashing at transition areas, and roofs that are simply beyond repair.
At Babcock Home Inspections, we have been in the home inspection business for years, and we know how to scan every nook and cranny of your home, so you know that every area of improvement will be addressed. Contact us today to schedule your inspection.