- Ensure the duct taping and plastic visqueen is secure/intact to avoid any wasted energy.
- Make sure the extension cords are all well secured and not showing signs of overheating.
- Look over the 2 x 4 supporting structure to make sure it’s solid and that there are no loose/broken drywall screws.
- Make sure the kitty litter drip pan is not full of water and the condensate pump is working properly.
- If you can find the filter, replace it every month.
Galvanized water and/or drain lines have a typical life expectancy of 40 – 60 years. Galvanized piping was typically installed in Northwest Ohio homes up until 1960 or so. The interior surfaces of this pipe corrodes over time and the buildup reduces the water flow/drainage or the pipe will simply rust/corrode through and leak, especially at joints. Sometimes it is difficult to run multiple fixtures or the drainage will become noticeably slower. If there is any galvanized piping found during your home inspection, it would be prudent to budget for replacement. If there are signs of leaks, corrosion, or reduced pressure or drainage, it should be replaced with plastic or copper. Please note that if the main water line from the street is galvanized, this is the homeowner’s responsibility and will involve a significantly higher replacement cost. Please also note that softening the water typically extends the life of galvanized piping and hard water deteriorates it much quicker.
If your selling your home here are 10 suggestions to help speed up the home inspection. The inspection will go smoother for everyone involved, with fewer concerns or issues that may delay closing.
10. Confirm that water and gas service are on, with gas pilot lights all lit. Home Inspectors will test everything just as a homeowner would – turn the thermostat up to get heat, flip the switch to the gas fireplace and it fires up, operate the hot side of a faucet and hot water comes out, etc. Under certain/limited circumstances, we can perform this service with written permission and knowledge of why utility was off from the seller/owner/listing agent. We also can perform dewinterizations for a fee.
9. Ensure all breakers are on, even if it’s something you don’t use anymore. (or put a note on the panel ledger stating why breakers are off/not in use.) Again, under certain/limited circumstances, we can perform this service with written permission and knowledge of why the breaker(s) are off from the seller/owner/listing agent.
8. Trim exterior vegetation, remove leaves, snow, etc. accordingly, to allow for visibility/accessibility.
7.Attend to easy/simple fixes like, leaky drains under the sinks, downspouts extensions missing/not long enough, gutter leaks/standing water, door knobs that aren’t latching/locking properly, windows and doors opening/closing properly, changing/replacing dirty/missing furnace filters, installing junction box covers, etc.
6. Remove/rearrange items blocking access to attics and crawl spaces, heating and cooling equipment, electrical panels, water heaters, etc. Also, make sure any locks are removed and/or made accessible. In addition, ensure that caulked/painted/finished attic accesses, electrical panel covers, etc. are easily accessible.
5. Leave rare, expensive baseball cards in the attic for me to find 😉 I’ll cancel the inspection right away and retire 🙂
4. Ensure pets won’t hinder the inspection, or better yet, me, the inspector! Ideally, they should be removed from premises or secured outside.
3. Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace dead batteries. Ensure they exist at all the required areas.
2. Replace light bulbs! Otherwise, it will be documented in the report that the light was inoperable/not working when tested with the switch.
1. Ensure there are fresh, warm brownies (or equivalent) on the kitchen counter with a note in plain view stating “For the inspector only.” I get groggy when my belly’s full and I might not be able to find any issues at your house while I’m in a food coma 😉
And for the other #1 😉 – disclose, disclose, disclose! Homebuyers (and inspectors especially) appreciate honesty, frankness, and forthrightness! In other words, if there’s something you know about, please don’t try and hide it or pretend you don’t know. I’m pretty good at finding things, in fact, it’s how I feed my family ;).
Attending to these items will help ensure a smoother process with less hiccups. The inspection will go faster. Your real estate agent will thank you! The buyer(s) will thank you! I will definitely thank you! After all, we all want to keep the ball rolling and get everyone moving on with their real estate goals and dreams as soon as possible!
Your friends at ASPEC,
Josh & Celena Frederick
Buying a home in Defiance or Northwest Ohio?
The process can be stressful. A Home Inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind but, depending on the findings, it may have the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information over a short period of time. Your ASPEC inspection will entail a comprehensive and detailed written report, including checklists, narratives, numerous photos, internet links, videos, in addition to what I tell you during the inspection and/or afterwards during the inspection review. All of this combined with the seller’s disclosure and what you notice yourself can make the experience overwhelming. What should you do?
I am a professional, and being a member of InterNACHI®, then you can trust that I am among the most highly trained in the industry. Most of your inspection and report will be related to common issues/maintenance/repair recommendation. These are good to know about.
However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:
- Major defects, such as a structural failure or wet basements/crawlspaces;
- Conditions that can lead to major defects, such as a roof leak or shoddy workmanship;
- Issues that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home if not rectified immediately; and
- Safety hazards, such as a backdrafting water heater or improperly wired electrical.
Anything in these categories should be addressed as soon as possible.
Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection. It’s also important to realize that a seller is under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in Your Home Inspection Report.
Remember, no house is going to be defect/issue free (at least I haven’t found one yet) and always try & keep things in perspective.
And remember that homeownership is both a joyful experience (unless you didn’t use ASPEC for your home inspection) and an important responsibility, so be sure to contact us if you have any questions regarding your home. I want to be sure that your home will keep your family safe and stay in top condition for years to come.
Brought to you by your local Defiance and Northwest Ohio Certified Professional Inspector®,
Joshua Frederick, CPI
Source: International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, Used with permission, [https://www.nachi.org/matters.html]