Watch this short video for some great insights and reasons why getting a home inspection before you buy or sell is so important (for buyers AND sellers!).
NO DIVING ALLOWED - This standing water at the edge of the home's foundation is a big no-no. It can seep into the foundation walls, lead to wood decay, and is a breeding ground for insects. This particular area should be filled in with soil (plant a shrub!), landscaping rocks, or other material to prevent water accumulation.
The rubber collar (or flashing) around vent pipes on your roof degrades over time. This one has a big hole in it and isn’t properly sealed - and guess where the rain water goes? Right into your attic (or bonus room!). Have your roof inspected if it's been awhile - your attic and 2nd floor ceilings will thank you!
With all this rain in NC, it's a good time to head to your crawl space and check for moisture. If you see white salt deposits (efflorescence) and damp corners like in this photo, it means your foundation has been cyclically wet and dry. Direct water penetration damages the foundation, the wood structure, and creates an undesirable environment in the living areas that encourages insect and or/fungal growth such as mold/mildew. Call us at 919-921-8400 or book an inspection online and we can help you determine the weather-tightness of your home.
UH-OH. The downspout is disconnected from the gutter - very easy to miss! This will cause water damage to the siding and foundation if not fixed. Proper drainage is just one of the many items a good inspector (like Rick!) looks for.
Don't let leaves and mulch pile up near your outdoor HVAC units. They can get clogged up at the intake vent, where the air filter goes. For an HVAC system to run as smoothly as possible, air should be able to flow unimpeded.
Don't step on a crack or ... Actually this is a vertical crack. IN THE FOUNDATION. Keep your eyes peeled for tell-tale signs like this that could affect the stability of your current or prospective home. When walking around the exterior of the home and when looking inside the crawlspace (if you can get in there, you should), pay very close attention to the condition of the foundation walls. Stepping cracks, horizontal, and vertical cracks can all indicate potential problems. Sometimes these are easily fixed but sometimes the repairs can be quite costly. Our home inspector will locate and identify these types of issues so that you can make an informed decision about the next steps in the buying process.
Writing inspection reports can be a bit lonely but not with the world's best rescue pup by your side. Our reports go above and beyond NC regulatory standards of practice and include important information like HVAC equipment identification. You'll receive your report within 24-48 hours of the inspection and the inspector is always happy to answer any questions you might have.