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Red Flags Revealed During A Home Inspection

It is important to have your home inspected thoroughly by a professional prior to starting a major remodel  (or prior to purchasing a home) because you may not be able to see the issues.  Let’s face it…walls can’t talk. Even if you’ve lived in your home for many years, your home could be full of code violations, defects and/or hazards you’re not aware of.

The type of inspector that is best to hire is one that is a licensed or certified inspector (depending on your state’s requirements) that can detect and isolate problems AND is also a licensed general contractor with years of remodeling experience that can let you know whether repairs to the home would be cost prohibitive for your budget.

The inspector should look for problems with every aspect of the home: roofing systems, attic and crawl spaces, electrical systems, plumbing systems, kitchens and bathrooms, water heaters, built-in appliances, heating and cooling, foundations, earthquake bolting, garages and driveways, doors and windows, exterior finishes, balconies and decks, pools and equipment, fireplaces and more.

Three major warning signs/red flags are:

Extension cords galore – Could be an indicator that the electrical system needs updating

Low water pressure – Could be an indicator that the plumbing system needs updating

Foundation cracks – Could be an indicator of hydrostatic pressure, poor compaction, plumbing leaks or tree roots.

The results of the inspection report will help you identify your must-do repair items that should be incorporated into your remodeling plan and budget.

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