Buying a home is a big decision. That’s why it’s important to gather as much information about your property as possible. A professional home inspection is the best way to prevent any “surprises” during the purchasing process. Inspecticore specializes in home and commercial inspections and will provide you with all the details necessary to make an informed decision about your investment. But no property is perfect, so it’s always a good idea to have a general understanding of what to look out for.
1. Basement Dampness
This could be caused by faulty gutter systems around the house and/or grade sloping back toward the home. A damp basement or crawl space can lead to mold, rot around framing members, and potentially foundation issues. Because mold can be so destructive to your property, we highly recommend our clients include a mold inspection as part of their assessment.
2. Roof Problems
Aged materials or improperly installed roof shingles can lead to numerous problems for your home, with water intrusion being the biggest hazard. Make sure the flashing around the base of the chimney is sealed tight and all bricks and mortar are in upstanding condition. A watertight roof is essential to the overall safety and value of your home.
3. Poor Upkeep
Years of deferred maintenance on a property can lead to costly expenses for the buyer. Common issues like worn carpeting or damaged walls are easy fixes, but issues like dust build-up or outdated fixtures can be more of a strain on the pocketbook.
4. Inadequate Ventilation
Poor ventilation and insulation contribute to a home’s energy efficiency and will cause excessive utility costs. Improper airflow and humidity levels in a home can also lead to health issues and structural damage if left unaddressed.
5. Faulty Wiring
Housefires are commonly caused by faulty or outdated electrical wiring. It is critical for older homes to have their electrical systems inspected. Modern homes have sufficient supply of power and outlets but should still be inspected to make sure they are up to code.
In addition to professional home inspections, Inspecticore also offers specialty services, such as termite inspections, pool and spa inspections, and more in Long Island. Contact us today, or call (516) 524-0673 to schedule an inspection in the Nassau and Suffolk County areas.