Purchasing a new home can be challenging since it involves several steps, tasks, and requirements. When planning to buy a new home, the property you’re looking at might not necessarily be the home you envisioned.
Home-buyers tend to make several mistakes no matter if they’re buying or re-selling their property. So, we strictly recommend they secure a professional home inspection to make sure they get the most out of their purchase. Here’s a rundown of what you need to focus on.
Water Damage and Mold
Water damage is the biggest challenge for every homeowner to deal with. That’s because unchecked leaks and hidden water stains trap excess moisture. The building’s moisture is a breeding ground for fungal growth, mildew, and mold that attracts termites. It can also cause skin irritation, respiratory problems, and more.
Check the walls and ceilings for discoloration, peeling paint, and cracks. Yellow patches are caused due to water seepage, while black spots represent mold.
Thoroughly inspect the plumbing because even minor clogging and leaky faucets may form mold or create plumbing issues in the long run. Look out for the following:
- Galvanized pipes that are prone to corrosion and be hazardous for drinking water
- Broken or rusty pipes
- Running toilets or toilets that won’t flush
- Leaks around faucets
- Sediment build-up
Proper heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) are essential to maintain healthy air quality. HVAC systems, on average last between 15-25 years, but they must be regularly examined to ensure proper functioning. So you must pay attention to the airflow and check whether there’s sufficient ventilation throughout the home. Make sure that the furnace, water heater, and air conditioning units are working.
Ignoring the wiring system before adding final touches to your new home can be very costly in the long run. Loose and frayed wiring can cause an electric fire as well as electric shock. Make sure that the service panels and circuit breakers are updated. However, if the home is older than 30 years, it’s time for an upgrade.
At Whole House Home Inspections, our team consists of experienced home inspectors who’re trained to give your home a quality inspection. During a residential or commercial property inspection Atlanta, our inspector keeps an eye out for molds, leaky roofs and walls, termites, air quality, and more.
We believe that homeowners should have an annual home inspection to keep up with maintenance and required repairs. For more information, get in touch with us.