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The Importance of a Home Inspection

Home inspectors assess potential issues like leaky plumbing and outdated wiring that might require costly replacement, signs of pests such as termites, rodents or cockroaches as well as windows painted shut which allow pests into the home and block heating/air circulation from escaping. They’ll also look out for windows painted shut which pose safety issues by allowing pests into your house while blocking heat/air circulation out.
Foundation

Home foundations serve to support all other aspects of a house’s structure, so any issues with them can quickly spread throughout. Hairline cracks and separations may indicate foundation issues; large horizontal or vertical cracks might signal problems with structural integrity or foundation integrity. A foundation inspection can help home owners better understand exactly where the issue lies as well as how best to remedy it.Melbourne Building Inspection

An inspection of a full basement or slab foundation requires the inspector to crawl beneath the house and examine its piers, beams, joists and venting for any signs of rot or shifting as well as to assess if adequate venting exists.

Professional home inspectors also inspect the exterior for signs of movement or cracking in walls or concrete surfaces, with professionals adept at detecting even minor issues and providing reports to homebuyers or sellers that make sense. Furthermore, an attentive inspector will listen to any specific areas that concern a homeowner in order to address them appropriately.
Electrical

Electrical and plumbing systems in a home may need an overhaul, and home inspectors can help identify issues like flickering lights, nonworking outlets and lack of ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets in bathrooms, kitchens and garage areas. Furthermore, inspectors will look out for extension cords dangling through walls or attics as well as visible wiring that requires attention.

An inspector will locate and assess the main electrical meter. He/She will examine the main electrical panel, assess wiring conditions and evaluate any fuses or breakers within it, as well as all outlets including GFCIs to assess hot/cold configuration of water pipes.

An inspection will identify any outdated plumbing materials such as galvanized pipe and observe the water shut-off valve, without physically opening the water meter box or interior water lines. Drain line replacement costs can be extremely prohibitive; thus an independent drainage system inspection fee will apply separately.
Plumbing

Home inspectors investigate readily accessible areas of a home, such as its foundation and walls; as well as mechanical systems like plumbing and heating. Home inspectors will also inspect roofs to check for issues like flat spots or missing shingles; leaks; water damage as well as signs of potential issues like mould growth.

Upon discovering any concerns, inspectors will write their report accordingly and may suggest hiring an electrician or plumber as specialists for closer examination of the problem.

Help the inspection process along by making sure there is easy access to all parts of the home, such as keeping utilities on, double checking gates and electrical boxes are open, allowing the inspector access to sewer cleanouts (if applicable) as well as making sure pets are either crated or safe elsewhere during an inspection.
Heating and Air Conditioning

Home buyers need a thorough knowledge of the condition of any house they purchase before making their decision. A home inspection can give buyers this clarity by showing them its current state and revealing any issues which could compromise its value or safety.

Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) regulations mandate that inspectors visually examine all systems and components within a home they can gain access to, including ductwork and vents. HVAC system specialists, however, can inspect heating and air conditioning systems more thoroughly while providing their clients with a more in-depth report.

If you are planning to sell your house, having an HVAC inspection performed can save both time and money by helping prevent unexpected repairs or delays in closing. Plus, ShieldGold or ShieldSilver home warranty plans cover any necessary HVAC repairs or replacement costs, giving you peace of mind as you prepare the sale process. Get in touch with us now to find out more!