When you find a home on the market that seems to be perfect for you, its easy to become anxious about closing the deal. This anxiety could be made even worse if there is a great demand for the property and multiple offers are being considered. You might even start thinking of ways you can make your offer more appealing to the seller by offering to do things like skip the home inspection. In a situation like this, is it ok to skip the home inspection?
To answer that question, please consider the following video. It will explain why, even with a highly sought-after property, it’s never a good idea to skip the home inspection. Whether there are multiple offers or not, this is still a huge investment and you want it to be a good one, skipping the home inspection could end up costing you way more in the long run. If you would like more advice on your home inspection, please feel free to contact us and we would be happy to help you.
Most homes have an attic, and there are a couple of different ways in which they are accessed. The most common, is just having a stair that leads up there, but in some homes, space was saved by installing a pull down ladder for attic access.
While most of us don’t spend a lot of time in the attic, we will usually have a load of some sort when we go up there. This is why it is important that your pull down ladder is installed properly. If the ladder is to long, you will create unnecessary pressure on it when climbing the ladder. If the ladder isn’t mounted well in the opening, you run the risk of having it disconnect and come falling down. The hinges on the ladder should also be sturdy, since they have to take quite a bit of weight.
When moving things into or out of the attic, it might be better to have someone hand you the items to minimize the risks involved.
So you think you have a leaky roof – and your ceiling says it all. Stains are starting to appear, so you decide to take a look on your roof to see if it really is leaking… But what are you going to be looking for? Well, that is what is going to be discussed in this article.
The first thing you’d want to look for are potential shingles that are either coming off your roof from wind damage, rain damage, or just general storm damage. This shingles might be easy to pull off, look damaged, or are just not attached to your roof securely. Look for any holes in your roof, and by holes we mean spots where shingles may not cover. They don’t even have to be giant holes, they can start as little tiny holes, then over time, rot your rafters, which would then develop into bigger holes in your roof.
You also want to check your gutter system. Pine needles, grass, branches, and water, when frozen, can expand your system and then cause damage too, not only your gutters, but also to your roof. You can clear all of this debris either by hand, or by using a water hose and spraying everything out. Regular maintenance on your roof and gutter system will help prevent long term problems for you and your roof.
Mike McFadden, Certified Master Home Inspector in Orlando, FL