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8 Things You Need to Know to Pass Your Home Inspection

8 Things You Need to Know to Pass Your Home Inspection

Almost all buyers hire a licensed home inspector to inspect the home they plan to purchase. They want to be sure that they won't be facing any costly repairs after the closing that they could have negotiated beforehand. Some repairs are minor, others more extensive. Some sellers have a "pre-inspection" of their home by a home inspector before putting it on the market so that they can address these issues before they become an issue that could delay or cancel a closing. 

We have prepared this special report that will identify 8 common repair issues that may likely appear on a home inspector's report.

8 Things You Need to Know to Pass Your Home Inspection

1.) Damp or Wet Basement

 A home inspector will look to see if you have things stored on your basement floor, a sump pump, a dehumidifier or a water line on walls and doors.  A musty or mildew smell is often indicative of a damp if not wet basement.  Cracks in the basement wall can be sealed and waterproofing is also an option.  Be sure to consult a professional before deciding which approach to take.

2.) Roof Problems

Water leaking through the roof can occur from old, worn shingles or from ice damming in the winter or overflowing from clogged gutters.  Water stains on the ceiling or in the attic will reveal that there has been leakage. If the roof has since been repaired or replaced this should be noted in your state disclosure.

3.) Water or Plumbing Problems

A visual inspection by the inspector can determine if there are leaks or clogs in your plumbing.  The inspector will also look for discoloration and odor of the water which may mean a high mineral content or altered PH.  The home inspector will also test the water pressure and if requested by the buyer, may test your water for radon gas.

4.) Electrical Deficiencies

Your home should have a minimum of 100 amp service.  A home inspector will note all ungrounded plugs as a safety issue and fire risk.  You are also required to have GFI outlets within 6 feet of water anywhere in your home.  Do-it-yourself electrical repairs and connections not to code will also be deemed unsafe.

5.) Furnace Condition

Replacing a furnace is a costly event. A typical life span for a furnace is 15 to 25 years.  Inadequate heating in a home is usually the result of poor or insufficient insulation and an inefficient furnace.  A clean furnace, without rust on the heat exchanger is usually viewed by the home inspector as having an acceptable life left in it.  If you have cleaned your furnace annually be sure to make those records available if the oil company has not made that obvious by installing a service tag or some identifying sticker on the furnace to show the date of the last cleaning.

6.) Masonry Work

The home inspector will visually inspect the chimney either by getting onto the roof or by using binoculars from the ground.  Damage to a chimney can cause water & moisture penetration or a chimney that could collapse on the roof.  Re-building and re-pointing the chimney may be required to if it is deemed beyond repair.

7.) Damp Attic

Ventilation problems, insulation and vapor barriers can cause mold and mildew to form in the attic.  This is the likeliest place that mold would be found in your home.  If, upon inspection, you discover mold you should attempt to find the source of the moisture and cure the problem.  This is something that will probably be asked of you by a buyer if it the home inspector notes this problem in his report.

8.) Rotted Wood

Any wood surface such as decking, trim, door & window frames can also fall victim to moisture & old age.  The home inspector will usually probe these surfaces for rot, including recently painted or stained ones.

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