RCM National Realty Home Inspection

Steps to Ownership: Home Inspections

A professional home inspection will save you time, frustration, and money in the long-term! Home inspectors are trained, highly qualified individuals who look intensely over every possible aspect of your future home. They are required by law to be thorough and impartial, and to provide an in-depth report. These inspectors are even trained to spot things that, if left untreated, might become a problem.

You will receive all the information you need in your in-depth report. If you are buying a house, having your prospective home inspected is essential. Avoid trusting a seller to use someone they’ve chosen, and instead, hire your own home inspections professional.

Whether you’re buying an antebellum home in a historic district, a 2-story home in a subdivision, or a condo in the heart of town, home inspections experts are equipped to let you know EVERYTHING about your prospective property. These are the procedures you should expect from a home inspections expert, and the specific features that will be inspected.

Structural Integrity

Home inspections always include a thorough gauging of the house’s foundational structure. The status of the frame will reveal how the house handles climate, weather changes, and standard gravitational pull. It can also predict how the house will endure anything else that Mother Nature throws your way. A shaky foundation, or negligent framework, can cost thousands of dollars in repairs, or even collapse. Hiring a top-rated home inspections expert can save you from frustrations, immediate costs, and potential loss in long-term resale value.

The Outer Regions (Exterior)

Your home inspections expert will observe all the walkways, parkways, and driveways on your property. He or she will pore over every standard opening, including your doors and windows. The siding, trimming, gutter system, and how these elements connect to the surface drainage, will also play an integral role in the future of your home. Home inspections can give you peace of mind, or they can help you dodge a potential train wreck! Exterior home inspections are absolutely essential.

Home Inspections – The Roof

A good roof is well worth the cost of installation! It will protect your entire structure from water precipitation, wind and pressure shifts, and any other acts of Mother Nature. Your home inspections expert will find out how old the roof is, and then he or she will identify any flashing conditions, systems for eradicating stagnant water flow, collapsing or unraveling shingles, unattached or loose drainage-gutters and waterspouts, the integrity and structure of skylight openings, and the status of any mounted chimney structures. NO LEAKS ARE GOOD LEAKS! Your home inspection expert will ensure you know everything there is to know about your roof, including any present or potential problems.

Home Inspections – Pipes and Plumbing Systems

The expert you hire to conduct your home inspections will painstakingly observe the home’s water supply, internal and external drainage systems, water heater or alternative hot water systems, and even the fuel (usually some form of natural gas) method of storage and distribution. This includes any internal or external pumps (but not on a swimming pool). Clanging or noisy piping, bad water pressure, sections of rust, or even worse, the corroding of insufficient piping can all be expensive, frustrating nightmares you’ll need to address. Home inspections will bring any potential problems to your attention.

Home Inspections – Electric Situation

When it comes to electrical systems, the most important component of your home inspection is SAFETY! Unsafe wiring is an immediate red flag, both for financial reasons and for the protection of you and your loved ones. Service entrance boxes and lead wires should be sturdy and in good condition. Breaker boxes, quick-service panels, fuses, grounding scenarios, and “disconnects” should all be in serviceable, functional, and safe condition. Part of the inspection process involves tallying the outlets in each room, taking note of how they are grounded, and examining the condition of the outlet boxes.

Home Inspections – Heating and Air

When you hire someone for home inspections, they will thoroughly check the heating structures of your prospective home, including any and all venting structures, ducts, and escape valves. If you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove, the internal parts of your chimneys will also be examined. Home inspections will tell you the age of your water heater as well, and whether its capacity is suitable for your home. You’ll learn more about the replenishing times, and how well the heater is built for efficiency in energy consumption. In addition, your home inspections expert will check out and explain the system for cooling your home, the energy source, and how well the central and wall-based cooling mechanisms are working. You will also find out the age and energy efficiency rating of the cooling system’s primary components.

Home Inspections – Home Interiors

If plumbing problems, leaks, rotting, mildew, or initial engineering problems cannot be seen from the outside, they may leave footprints inside the house. The items on the agenda for your home inspections professional include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Wall Structure
  • Overhead Ceilings
  • Flooring (all types)
  • Staircase Structure, inside and outside steps
  • Hand-rails
  • Cabinetry
  • Counters
  • Garage Doors and their opening systems

Home Inspections – Ventilating and Insulating

Energy efficiency, especially in heating and cooling systems, is largely connected to ventilating and insulating systems. Your home inspections expert will examine the number and the efficiency of ventilation and sufficiency of insulation in places like the attic, basement, and any crawlspaces. In order to conserve energy, home inspectors will also check the walls for sufficient insulation. Also look for proper, secured insulation in the walls. The climate of the home will largely predict the property’s insulation and ventilation needs.

Home Inspections - Fireplaces

Fireplaces are warm and welcoming, but they can be hazardous as well – especially with faulty installation. Your home inspections consultant will observe the fireplace while in use, and check for proper ventilation and smoke exhaust systems. They will also give you information on any solid fuel burning appliances.

RCM National Realty is an exclusive boutique real estate company. Our mission is to help clients customize their buying or selling experience to best fit their families’ schedule and housing needs. With our diverse group of agents, it is easy to find a qualified professional who understands your market of choice. Let RCM National Realty open the doors to your real estate dreams!

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