Home Inspections – RED FLAGS!

Even New Construction Homes should be Inspected

Even New Construction Homes should be Inspected

Buyers often look to their Realtor to assure they are doing the proper inspections. Since this is more than likely the biggest purchase they will make, it is imperative to do every possible inspection to assure you are making a good purchase. Realtors can often point out some of the areas for concern around a home, but always call in the experts. Some of the typical inspections purchased around the Lake Norman area are the Basic Home Inspection, Radon Inspection, Well Inspection/Water Testing, Septic Tank Inspection, Surveys, the list goes on and on. The following information was published by Housemaster. The same company I use locally for my home inspections. Ken Gingras, in the Lake Norman area, is a true professional in the home inspection business.

RISMEDIA, March 30, 2009-HouseMaster, a North American inspection franchisor, reminds buyers and sellers that a professional home inspection is critical when buying or selling a home. As April marks National Home Inspection Month and the start of the peak home buying season, HouseMaster is providing consumers with a simple list of “red flags” to watch out for during the home buying process. Each of these red flags could be a sign of significant issues and defects and each should be thoroughly evaluated by a professional home inspector before potential buyers make an offer on the home.

These are the red flags that home buyers should look out for:

Numerous extension cords: This could be a sign of an outdated electrical system. Today’s electrical needs have grown significantly and as a result the home could require an entire electrical upgrade to meet these new demands. A professional home inspector will be able to assess whether a new panel and wiring is needed or additional receptacles will need to be installed.

Low water pressure or gurgling: If you turn on the faucet and the pressure is low, it could be evidence of a problem with older galvanized piping or inadequate piping. A professional home inspector will indicate the type of piping and estimated age and determine whether or not an entire new plumbing system is required. In many instances, sections of piping can be replaced on an as needed basis to correct the problem.

Horizontal foundation cracking: Vertical cracks are, for the most part, within normal settlement tolerances. Horizontal cracks are not. A horizontal crack generally results from hydrostatic pressure against the home’s foundation. Correction will often involve excavation, drainage provisions as well as repairs to the wall itself. If horizontal cracking is evident, several structural engineers should be consulted to ascertain the extent of movement as well as corrective measures. Opinions do vary and with a structural element issue, it is best to get several opinions.

Musty smell in basement: Storage in the basement that is raised off the floor (such as books and boxes), stains, or efflorescence on walls are conditions that can indicate water in the basement. A professional home inspector can assess potential causes. Simply improving the property grading or draining downspouts further away from the foundation could be a solution.

Wall or ceiling stains: Any stain should be further evaluated to determine the cause and extent of any possible hidden damage. A professional home inspector will look for causes of the stain as well as test the stain using a moisture meter to determine whether or not the stain is active.

Vacancy: Often a home that is in foreclosure is vacant which increases the potential for the home to deteriorate due to lack of maintenance, and ventilation. Mold and other moisture problems are very common in vacant foreclosed homes as are plumbing problems due to drying gaskets and valves or freezing pipes.

When purchasing a home, a buyer should never forego a professional home inspection. The tips above are provided as guidelines so that potential buyers can effectively and efficiently narrow down their options. Once a choice has been made, a professional home inspection by a qualified inspector will provide the potential buyer with an education on the home enabling them to make an educated real estate decision.

For more information, visit http://www.housemaster.com.

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About Michelle Nantz

There are many qualities and skills that go into being an excellent real estate professional: integrity, in-depth community and market knowledge, marketing savvy, effective negotiation skills, and a high-quality professional network ~ all of which are hallmarks of Michelle Nantz. In 2003, Michelle began her career in real estate, after a successful career in restaurant and hotel management with her last position as Regional Director of Operations running 56 hotels throughout two states. She owes her success in real estate and management to her expertise in people skills, managing, negotiating, and follow-up. However, it is Michelle’s dedication to quality service that she ultimately credits her success. Michelle shared, “In my experience as a Lake Norman real estate professional, I’ve found that providing the very best service is essentially about putting my clients first. This means keeping myself accessible, being a good listener as well as a good communicator, and responding quickly to their needs.” This “client first” philosophy combined with continual personal improvement and keeping up-to-date with the latest technologies is a cornerstone of both Michelle’s and Lake Norman Realty’s business philosophy. In addition to Michelle’s extensive real estate education and her experience in the local market, she is also an Accredited Staging Professional®, which brings additional value to marketing her clients’ homes. Michelle and her family have made the Lake Norman area their home for over 10 years. In her rare leisure moments, you’ll find Michelle with her three children and husband, or unwinding with gardening or reading. “I live and work in this community and only have the best interests of our community and its members in mind,” says Michelle. Her community activities include participation in Denver Days, Relay for Life and support for Christian Ministries and area schools.
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