Your home is most likely the largest financial investment you will ever make, so keeping it in tip-top shape is not only important for the health and wellness of your family, but it’s also a great way to protect your investment.
And whether you’re on the market for a new home, looking to downsize and move, or happily content in your humble abode, having a home inspection can give you peace of mind and save you a costly headache down the road.
Consider putting these common home inspection issues on your radar now to save yourself a lot of time, money and frustration down the road.
Cracks in the foundation can be caused by a variety of issues ranging from poor drainage around the foundation to weather changes, or even previous natural disasters. Not all foundational cracks are serious and worth losing sleep over, but those that threaten the integrity of the home need to be assessed and repaired. The longer you wait, the more expensive the repair.
Take a look around the home and make note of any cracks that are wider than 1/10″, as well as cracks that are wider at one end or ones that have grown larger over time. If you see any of these in your home, it’s time to get an inspection before things grow worse.
Mold can grow anywhere in a home that provides adequate conditions but the most likely are areas with high humidity and water condensation like bathrooms and basements.
Look underneath sinks, behind the refrigerator, around the toilet, and in the shower for specks of green or blackish mold. If you see any, have a professional home inspection done to ensure the health of your family, as mold can cause uncomfortable symptoms like headaches and runny noses.
While cracked foundational issues and mold are often visible concerns, the damage done by termites hidden deep within the walls might not become noticeable until there’s a massive infestation. These pests are capable of navigating through wood, metal siding and plaster, making even modern homes targets.
So, how can you spot termite damage before it’s too late? Look for buckling wood, swollen floors, or areas that appear to have water damage. And keep an ear out for soft or hollow-sounding wood on the inside and outside of the home.
Left untreated, termites are capable of causing severe structural damage to a home in cases of major infestations, so catching any damage early can make a major difference in your wallet.
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