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Home Inspections and Maintenance

admin General Maintenance March 22, 2016

Home Inspections and Maintenance

Home Inspections and Maintenance. They go hand-in-hand. Each year your home goes through changes through each season. These changes can wreak havoc on different components. A decision to buy a home usually entails a home inspection. Your home inspector will identify deficiencies in the home and clearly show what is critical vs. what is something that can wait. As the home owner it is your choice to follow advice or leave it.

The same holds true for seasonal maintenance.

As a seasoned home inspector I take the time to help my clients understand the importance of seasonal maintenance. In fact, there is a page dedicated to home seasonal maintenance at www.4sightinspections.com/faqs/maintenance.html. This page gives you four season maintenance tips and check lists.

By using tips such as these and performing the seasonal maintenance that your home requires you can mitigate risks that can cost you, the home owner, a great deal of money for repairs later.

Having a home inspection performed every three to five years will further help to mitigate risks. The home inspection will identify areas of risk that the average home owner would not see.

Take the time to take care of your home and your home will take care of you

Knowing Your Home

admin General Maintenance March 21, 2016

Knowing Your Home

So I am driving up the road and, as usual, my eyes wonder as I sit at the stop light waiting my turn. Sometimes it’s the car next to me or people walking down the street. More often though I am looking at the houses around me and it is incredible how many homes have asphalt shingles on their roof that are failing.

Yesterday, for example, I was on Markham Road in Scarborough. I look to my left at some fairly new (maybe 10 years old) townhouses. The units all have the same shingles and the same deterioration. Curling, lifting and showing very clear signs of old age (at ten years old they should not be showing these signs, but that is another story). What is worse is several of the units have missing shingles. These shingles may have been torn off in a wind storm but the fact that they are missing indicates that the home owners are most likely getting some water penetration to a certain degree.

This simply underlines the absolute need for you to not only maintain your home but to also know what is happening with your home. Most often home owners see the front of their home when they approach in the car. They may even see part or all of the roof. They see the driveway as they step out of the car, the walkway as they approach the front door, some brick work or siding at the porch and finally the door itself. But ask yourself this…when was the last time you looked closely at your windows? When did you look at the roof from the back of the house? When did you walk around the home and look closely at the foundation?

I am sure most people would answer that it has either been a long time or they have never done it. A home owner once told me that the roof on the house is fine. I asked him how he knows and he stated that it looks fine. So, I asked him to show me and he proceeded to take me to the front of the home where he proudly pointed out the shingles that were in good condition. I had to concur that the roof did in fact look very good. Then I further pointed out to him that his home faced north. The south facing rear of the home receives the most sunlight/elements and therefore would deteriorate faster than the front. We proceeded to the rear of the home, looked up and saw shingles that were….you guessed it, deteriorating.

As a home owner there are many things you can do to prevent damage to your home. There are things that you can look for that will keep your home safe. There are many other things that you will not know to look for and that is where a home inspector and a thorough home inspection comes in. A qualified and experienced home inspector knows what to look for. He/she knows what signs to look for identifying potential and underlying defects. A home inspection is your best defense against high repair costs from unchecked damage.

Home Buyers Remorse

admin General Maintenance March 20, 2016

Home Buyers Remorse

Let’s paint a picture. You and your family are growing and need a new, larger home. You see so many and they all seem to blend together. Then, one day, your agent takes you to see a home built in the 1950’s, fully renovated and a charmer. As you are walking up the front step you already know in your heart, “this is home”. Every step through the house confirms it. You are in love. Everything you imagined during your search is here.

You tell your agent you want to make an offer right away. You all hurry back to his/her office and begin writing the offer up. Unfortunately, as he contacts the selling agent he finds that there are already three other offers. You are in a bidding war. It is YOUR new home and you will do whatever it takes to get it!! You offer full asking price and waive the home inspection condition. Are you sure you want to do that? YES, this is your home. It is just a home inspection. You won’t lose the dream house over an inspection.

Three months later. You are moved in. Everything is perfect until the first major rainfall. Now you find that you have leaks in the roof. Even worse, your basement is flooding. Drywall in your ceilings is being saturated, new flooring in the basement is being ruined. Walls in the basement are absorbing water. Thousands of dollars in damages.

Two months later, your daughter is in her room listening to her iPod. She attempts to plug in a device for charging and gets a good shock. Now you find out that many of the outlets in the home are not properly grounded, there is arcing in the breaker panel because it has not been properly wired and aluminum wires have been spliced with copper causing corrosion. Thousands more dollars in repairs.

The buyers remorse has been setting in. Regrets on buying a house with so many needs and so many deficiencies. Regrets on buying a house without a home inspection. The key to living happily in your dream home is to know exactly what you are getting into. Many people can look for details in a home but they are not trained nor do they have the experience of a certified home inspector to find the hidden deficiencies. At 4Sight Home Inspections I take your home inspection very seriously. I go beyond the standards of service prescribed by my home inspection association. I provide service that is above all other home inspectors. By doing this I save you the home buyers remorse and help you to be happy in the home that you choose. Don’t set aside a home inspection over a bidding war. The possible outcome is never worth the risk