More often than not, if you are buying or selling a home, you will need to have a professional home inspector ensure that various components of the house are sound and in-tact. Despite all the tips and tricks you might find online for conducting your own inspection, they cannot compare to the skills of the trained eye. Here are four things that only a professional home inspector can detect in a home that has damage, which can save you from costly repairs.
To the naked eye, sometimes it can be obvious to spot damage on the roof. However, with someone who is trained to see even the smallest of issues, your professional home inspector could spot trouble where you would miss it. For instance, if there is even the slightest indication that the roof is aging poorly, you might end up footing the bill for an entire roof replacement.
Additionally, with roof damage, the home can be susceptible to wood rot, mold and leaks, which is never a good combination for anyone. If this is the case, not only would you have to replace your roof, you would have to have the mold removed, the leaks fixed and possible structural repairs.
Because your home sits on top of the foundation, it can be difficult to detect issues with it. During the inspection process, a professional will be able to examine various parts of the home, which could detect foundation troubles. By looking at the frames of the home or cracks in the foundation wall, they would be able to help you address potentially huge issues.
Problems with your home’s electrical system can not only be extensive, but dangerous as well. Because of this, electrical systems have to meet current standards to protect the safety of you and your family. A professional home inspector will be up-to-date on these standards, where as you may not be.
Burned circuits or openings in the panel are just two examples of a multitude of electrical issues a professional would be able to detect. If your home has an electrical issue, it must be rectified. Especially in older houses, having a professional inspector view your electricity is of the utmost importance in terms of safety.
Leaks and Flooding
Even if there is not currently standing water in an area of the home, it does not mean that there aren’t leaks or frequent flooding during heavy rains. A home inspector will examine the basement of the home for stains, mildew or floor damage for signs of flooding. Water damage in other areas of the home can indicate leaks from the roofing or gutter systems, which can also cause damage to the foundation of the home.
Do you want to protect your home from potentially large amounts of damage? Contact us at Champia today to find your professional home inspector who can ensure the safety and structural integrity of your house.