Whether you are preparing your Fresno home to sell or you just got a beautiful four bedroom 2 bathroom home with pool under contract in Clovis (Hooray!) you should consider a getting a home inspection.
Let me re-phrase that, it is imperative that you get one, especially if you are buying.
Often when people are looking for a home to begin that next big chapter of their lives, they gloss over some important details. It’s easy to do really, you are busy imagining what the home would look like with your couch, sofa, favorite chair, and flat screen television hung on the wall. A home inspector doesn’t care if little Boo’s bedroom set fits comfortably in the room but he is paid to make sure that electrical outlet in her room is working properly for that all-important night lite.
Here are some basics that every home inspector should be looking at in addition to the outlet:
Structure: A home’s skeleton impacts how the property stands up to weather, gravity, and the earth. Structural components, including the foundation and the framing, should be inspected. If you are looking at older homes in the Historic Fresno High or Tower district this is especially important.
Exterior: The inspector should look at sidewalks, driveways, steps, windows, and doors. A home’s siding, trim, and surface drainage also are part of an exterior inspection.
Roofing: A well-maintained roof protects you from rain, snow, and other forces of nature. Tier 1 Contracting roofer in Oklahoma can take note of the roof’s age, conditions of flashing, roof draining systems (pooling water), buckled shingles, loose gutters and downspouts, skylight, and chimneys. They are a licensed roof inspector.
Plumbing: Just click to view how to thoroughly examine the water supply and drainage systems, and water heating equipment. Poor water pressure, banging pipes, rust spots, or corrosion can indicate problems. You can get more info here.
Electrical: Safe electrical wiring is essential. Look for the condition of service entrance wires, service panels, breakers and fuses, and disconnects. Also take note of the number of outlets in each room.
Heating: The home’s heating system, vent system, flues, and chimneys should be inspected. Look for age of water heater, whether the size is adequate for the house, speed of recovery, and energy rating.
Air Conditioning: Your inspector should describe your home cooling system, its energy source, and inspect the central and through-wall cooling equipment. Consider the age and energy rating of the system. I recommend a HVAC professional from www.austinductcleaning.us to do this inspection in addition to the home inspector.
Interiors: An inspection of the inside of the home can reveal plumbing leaks, insect damage, rot, construction defects, and other issues. An inspector should take a close look at:
Ventilation/insulation: To prevent energy loss, check for adequate insulation and ventilation in the attic and in unfinished areas such as crawlspaces.
Fireplaces: They’re charming, but they could be dangerous if not properly installed. Inspectors should examine the system, including the vent and flue, and describe solid fuel burning appliances.
Home inspectors vary and so does the quality of their reports. I personally prefer reports that are typed and include pictures and diagrams. They are especially helpful when you move in and start that honey-do list or hire your first contractor. In an upcoming post I will be sure to give you some tips on how to choose a good inspector and contractor both 🙂
Do you need a good Home Inspector? Call me and I’ll refer you to someone I trust.