Home Inspection Basics

First is Termites and Dry Rot – Termites are either above or below ground bugs that eat dead wood. I don’t need to go into the specifics of termites, but they are bad because they will turn your home into sawdust if left untreated. Dry Rot is a fungus that eats dead wood and turns it into very soft fibers that turn into sawdust. Get a termite report (also called a pest report), insist that all major problems be fixed before buying.

Fourth, Roof leaks are in the same category as plumbing leaks, for the same reason mainly. If the floor gets wet there could be trouble. But it has to be a lot of water over a long period of time. Get a Inspection Dallas and ALL stains should be assumed as active leaks and repaired. The roof itself should be in great shape before buying. A new roof for a Mobile Home should be less expensive than a site-built Single Family Residence.

If you have a drain field for a septic system they can add a die into your toilet to see if the field is working properly. If the die comes up in the field outside it is not working like it should. The field might need to be redone.

THE FRONT DOOR: This is likely the first place a buyer will gain entry into your home. Make a good first impression. It should be clean and freshly painted. The door knob should be in good shape, the lock working well. Clear the entryway of clutter.

While you may not get an objective answer to the question: “how are the neighbors?” you can learn if there are any outstanding issues with regards to noise, property lines, trees, fences, parking etc.

Staging is a process when a home for sale is made to look appealing to potential buyers. The owner’s personal items, clutter and extra furniture are removed. The remaining furniture is arranged in a layout desirable to buyers.

Remember, by finding and dealing with unpleasant surprises now, you can prevent headaches and unnecessary expenditures for yourself or a prospective home buyer later on. If your home inspector gives you bad news, he’s doing you a favor. Don’t feel insulted. Take it in stride and, if you own the home, promptly correct anything that can be corrected.

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