Friday, April 3, 2015

Correct "Deficiencies" Before Selling Your Home

No home is perfect under the lens of a SitePro Home Inspector. There are however some common fixable items that creep up in many SitePro Home Inspections which home owners would be wise to correct before they put their home up for sale.

Here is a ‘Top 10' list of easily fixable deficiencies found by our SitePro inspectors: (in no particular order)

1.    Soil Level Too High at Foundation - Unless you live in a high-rise condo, nearly all our homes are made with wood products. When soil levels are against the house siding (or even close) rains and ground moisture will seep into the wood and create and environment for hidden rot. Ideally, property grading should allow 6-8" of visible concrete foundation between the siding and the ground.

2.       Vegetation Growing Against Structure - Vegetation and trees can cause considerable damage to homes by mechanical damage but also by preventing the structure from drying properly. Trimming back bushes and trees so they do not contact the home (or power lines) is an easy fix for home sellers.

3.       Garage Door Safety Features - Garage doors with mechanical openers typically have one or two safety features, an electronic 'eye' and an auto-reverse pressure sensor. SitePro Home Inspectors will check both these safety features for correct operation as they could save a life of an adult or child.

4.       Weather-stripping on Doors - Doors are the weakest point in the 'envelope' of our home and when poorly maintained can add a lot of costs in lost energy efficiency but can also allow in water and insects when poorly sealed.

5.    Gutters Not Correctly Discharging Water - Water from our roofs needs to be safely discharged so that it does not cause erosion on the property or find its way back into our homes. It is common for our SitePro home inspectors to find crushed, missing, or disconnected downspouts during a SitePro inspection.

6.       Leaky Drains Under Sinks - Water drain pipes are not under pressure and only leak when water is running through them. As they are not under pressure and most drain pipe materials fit snuggly together, leaks are often very small. Leaks however can cause considerable damage over time to cabinets, floors, and ceilings if not repaired quickly.

7.    Rot at Wood Trim - When moisture levels approach 15% in wood products and the temperature is above 5 Celsius, the conditions are present for rot. It is not uncommon for wood trim around windows, doors, and fascia boards to begin to rot in the elements and they need regular paint and maintenance.

8.    Missing Weatherproofing - The exterior cladding of our homes protects the structure from water damage. Any penetration in the siding like from windows, doors, hose faucets, or dryer vents needs to be well sealed with caulking to prevent water ingress.

9.    Broken Glass - Broken windows are always a potential safety hazard. Even if the window is still holding together with a crack, the crack creates a massive structural weakness that could fail suddenly in a temperature change, wind, or next time the kids bump into it. Replacing broken windows is an important safety precaution.

10.   Missing or Incorrect Handrails - Handrails on stairs are a critical life safety mechanism but these are surprisingly common to find missing in home inspections. SitePro Home inspectors will always call out missing handrails or guardrails as a major safety failure in the home
When buying or selling a home, a SitePro home inspector can help you potentially save thousands of dollars in unexpected costs. Always call a licensed; SitePro Inspector so you know your home will be safe and solid.

Van Hibberts, CMI

Certified Residential Building Code Inspector ICC-5319905
Florida-State Certified Master Home Inspector Lic. #HI89
Florida-Certified Wind Mitigation Inspector
203(k) FHA/HUD Consultant #A0900
WDO Certificate #JE190791 
NACHI #10071802
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