Apr 09

Five Tips for Improving Your Inspection

The quality and smoothness of your home inspection depends greatly on the inspector’s ability to access all of the important areas of the home and be in a position to evaluate all of the home’s systems and components.

Below is a list of simple tasks which, if done by your seller, will make for a better outcome for all other key stakeholders.

  1. Request seller vacate property during inspection. In my years of inspecting homes, rarely has the seller’s presence helped the process and more often than not raises anxiety for your buyer and impedes the inspection process.
  2. Clear a path to electrical panels, water shut-off valves, attic hatches, crawlspace openings, fireplaces, storage rooms and sink cabinets.. Relying on the inspector to move furniture and other personal property opens the door for the inspector to not have needed access to everything or having a disgruntled seller on your hands when they seller comes home to find their belongings have been moved.

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  1. Replace burned out light bulbs. Having light fixtures which don’t operate leaves room for uncertainty for the inspector and ultimately your buyer and uncertainty can lead to buyer indecision
  2. Remove animals and clean up yard from animal waste. Having your buyer exposed to barking dogs or stepping on a dog pile while walking the yard can marginalize your buyer having a positive emotional experience.
  3. Make available remote controls for fireplaces and ceiling fans. Don’t count on an inspector being able to find the remote control to the seller’s fireplace or passing the fireplace off to your buyer as operable when the inspector is not able to operate fhe appliance.

Bring it all together your efforts in doing what you can to implement these tips with the seller will improve the outcome of your inspection.

Feb 26

Top 8 Commercial Inspection Defects

Most commercial inspections (aka property condition assessments) will uncover systems or components which are deteriorated, missing or damaged with recommendations for repair or replacement. In addition to these routine findings, a commercial inspection should identify any of the following 8 common areas of risk to a buyer.

  1. Grading and Drainage –  Your property’s surface water should have a path which easily allows water to drain away from the structure without accumulating around the foundation.
  2. Structural Problems – A commercial inspection should not show visual signs of movement with flooring, walls, ceiling and attic framing. A crack with more than 1/4 inch in width should be given further consideration.
  3. Roof Deficiencies – Your property inspection should include where the roof covering is in its expected service life and should call out accumulating or pooling on the roof.
  4. Mechanical Issues – Your commercial inspection report should identify the buildings heating, cooling and ventilation system components, how they systems are controlled and where the appliances are in their life cycles.
  5. Plumbing Defects – Your inspection assessment should identify if galvanized plumbing supply pipes are still in use and budget for replacement when possible in addition to any obvious active leaks or plumbing fixtures which have outlived their expected service life.
  6. Health and Safety Hazards – Your inspection report should identify trip hazards, exposed walkways and loose or unsafe conditions
  7. Electrical System – A good commercial assessment will size the electrical system according to current use of building and any components which have been in service over 50 years.
  8. Exterior Covering – The exterior envelope of the commercial building should be weather resistance including no areas of current moisture intrusion.

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Feb 05

Identifying 4 Types of Defects In Your Report

Your home inspection should identify four types of concerns regarding the condition of your home. The four types of concerns should be evaluated as part of your decision to purchase or not purchase the home.

  1. Major Expense – Repair or replacement of a home’s system or components which would be equivalent to $3,000 dollars or more to remedy.
  2. Critical Repair – Repair or condition which, if not addressed, could lead to a major expense.
  3. Marketability – Condition which could hinder your ability to sell the home to another buyer at a later date.
  4. Safety Hazard – Condition which poses an unreasonable risk to the occupants of the home.

An item or concerns which falls into one of the above categories should be considered a defect and be identified as such in your home inspection.

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