Deer Valley Specialist Real Estate Tip: What Home Inspectors Look For
March 16, 2017 - 1:13pm
Our Deer Valley Specialist real estate tip this week centers around what home inspectors look for in a home. It is almost guaranteed that when a Deer Valley home goes under contract the buyer will get a home inspection. It is a very important piece of part of the home buying process and good for seller and buyer to know what inspector do. A Park City inspector here in town Doug Farmer with Pillar to Post gave us this list to go by:
A home inspector climbs onto the roof, pokes at the foundation, and crawls into attic space looking for water condensation or penetration. Walls are examined for leakage or mold. Floor cracks are noted, as is separation from the baseboards. The ceilings, especially around electrical fixtures, must be clear of any signs of water leakage.
Close inspection of the exterior may reveal where additional caulking is needed to prevent water seepage. Broken seals on glass, deteriorating tread steps, decking and settlement cracks are a few of the items that require professional repair. Even the garage door is tested whether it's electronic or manual.
The roof is examined closely for loose shingles or tiles, and the flashing is tested for tightness. Tree limbs touching the house provide a passageway for rodents and also can threaten the house during violent storms. Gutter debris is noted, and all drains are tested for a tight connection to the house. Skylights and chimneys also are examined for proper sealants.
All piping is tested, including drains, vents and waste systems. Water ingress and egress is examined. All drains are examined for signs of leakage and mineral deposits.
All the electrical components are examined to ensure they fit and are operating safely. Conductors, grounding equipment and distribution panels are tested for efficient operation. The location of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors also is noted in the inspection report.
The entire heating and air conditioning system is tested to verify it's in working condition, and the appropriate filters are examined for accumulation. Supply pipes are examined for corrosion. Chimneys must be clear of bird nests, and the chimney frame, whether it's brick o
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