home inspections

Home Inspector Helps You

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If you’re thinking of buying a home, then you’re probably aware that you should get a qualified home inspector to examine it.  In fact, most offers will include a condition that the property be inspected before the sale becomes final.

A good home inspector will go over the property from top to bottom, inside and out.  The home inspector will look for things like cracks in the foundation, out-dated wiring, repairs that need to be made, and any aging components, such as the roof and furnace.  The inspector will also provide a timeline for replacement of any major components including HVAC, windows, roof, etc.

Basically, a home inspector helps the potential homeowner understand the condition of the home and the related costs expected.  This valuable service is also very beneficial for the seller as well.  By having your current home inspected before you list it for sale can help sell your property faster and for the best price.

For instance:  Say you put your home on the market and you get an offer.  The offer is conditional on the home inspection.  The inspector may uncover a major issue that you weren’t aware of, and the buyer could potentially walk away from the deal.  If, however, you hired a home inspector first, you would know about those issues in advance and could deal with them appropriately.

A good home inspector can be more valuable than you think!  If we can be of service or if you would like more information or have any questions, please contact Choice Home Inspection Services at 770-490-6911.  Or email or text us:  http://chisvc.com/contact-us

Preventing Home Flood Damage

FloodingFlooding is one of the most disastrous and unfortunate common phenomena that affects people today.  There are many regions and countries in the world that are prone to floods, due to their climate or their geographical characteristics.  Floods can be quite hazardous and cause serious damage.  If you are living in an area like this, you should be well prepared in order to avoid serious situations. Preventing flood damage in homes is not difficult if owners take all necessary measures.

Your house should be elevated and reinforced in order to avoid possible flooding.  You should also take care of particular elements, such as the electric panel and heaters, water pumps and any administration panel related to water and heat supply. You should also take some measures to prevent blockage of drains, install sewer taps and make sure that they are connected to valves that control water if needed.  Sewers and drains are the prime source of flooding and can allow water to enter houses if not closed when necessary.

If you have a basement, sealing the walls with waterproof elements and compounds, you will not only prevent water from coming in, but you will also make sure the walls do not absorb moisture.

If you are warned about a coming flood, you should prepare both you and your house for a possible disastrous situation.

Tips to Ensure The Least Amount of Flood Damage

  • Turn off all utilities, such as water and power supply, gas or anything else of that kind.
  • Make sure that you turn off their main source and disconnect all the appliances from plugs.
  • If your washing machine or dryer are in the basement, try to build a small deck and elevate them as much as possible.
  • Cover cords and cables with waterproofing materials to avoid serious electrical problems.
  • Keep in mind that appliances are not be turned on right away after the flood is over. If you cannot have an electrician check them before use, try to make sure that everything is as dry as possible, and open them gradually, one by one.

Be prepared and prevent home flood damage with these simple tips, especially if you live in a flood prone area even if flooding is not expected or is controllable.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact Choice Home Inspections Services at 770-490-6911, or click here to contact us by email.

 

The Top 10 Areas Commonly Checked by Your Home Inspector

home inspectionsBelow is a list of common areas that are missed by a home inspector during a home inspection. This list is intended to inform homeowners about the need to have these areas checked for possible problems, as well as the need for upgrades or repairs, if any.

  • Smoke detectors sometimes are missed during the inspection process.
  • Electrical fixtures and wirings, which are often embedded in between double walls or embedded in concrete.
  • Backflow prevention devices should also be carefully considered, since this helps prevent any untoward flooding in the event of plumbing and waterline leakage.
  • Basement bathrooms and laundry tubs are sometimes also missed in the process because not all homes have these areas and fixtures in their basements.
  • Venting for the dryer should also be considered.
  • Electrical grounding is very important. Improper grounding could cause major problems from accidental electric shocks and could also cause house fires.
  • Flexible gas connectors, valves and uncapped gas lines, should be of paramount concern since the slightest indications of gas leakages can be tragic and disastrous.
  • Indoor furnaces should also be checked. If not functioning properly problems could range from gas leakage to defective firing systems that could also cause a house fire.
  • Water heaters need to be checked to make sure that they are installed properly. Pressure release valves must be in proper working order along with the important copper run-off device that should always be checked.
  • Garage door openers or extension cord wiring being used as permanent wiring for fixtures.

These are the top 10 commonly checked areas by your Home Inspector for your home safety, security and peace of mind.