IMPORTANT HOME INSPECTION POINTS
What to Expect From Your Home Inspection
Whether you are buying, selling or maintaining your home, Marine One Property Inspections of Riverside provides professional and quality service from the moment you call us. Our licensed home inspectors will walk through your home with you and teach you as much as you want to learn. We strictly follow the Standards of Practice for home inspectors established by International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, the leading home inspection association.
After we walk through the home together, I will personally explain the general condition of the home and systems with you and your agent. We will talk through any major issues that need to be addressed sooner rather than later. I will also mention the items that you will want to keep an eye on for deferred maintenance. All of this will be detailed in my easy-to-read Spectora report, that will be delivered in HTML and/or PDF format. From that report, you’ll be able to see the items we discussed, with images for reference.
Marine One Property Inspections thoroughly inspects and reports on the following:
Foundations, grading and drainage, basements, walkways, and floor, wall and ceiling structures.
Roof coverings, drainage systems, flashings and skylights, chimneys and other roof penetrations.
Service entrance and panels, branch circuits, connected devices and fixtures, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and making sure your outlets are GFCI-protected.
Fixtures and faucets, water supply systems, drain, waste and vent systems, water heater, vents, flues and chimneys, and any sump pumps or fuel storage and distribution systems.
HEATING, VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS
Heating and cooling equipment, ducts, vents and flues.
Dishwasher, garbage disposal, range hood, range or oven, cooktop, microwave, trash compactor, bathroom exhaust fans, garage door operator, and other built-in appliances.
SEWER CAMERA INSPECTION
Why Every Home Buyer Should Get a Sewer Inspection
Inspections are par for the course when buying a home, but there’s one important system that many potential buyers overlook: the sewer line.
A typical home inspection doesn’t examine the sewer because it is buried underground. The only surefire way to have the system inspected is to hire Marine One Property Inspections to perform a sewer camera inspection. The cost of this inspection is worth it.
Imagine buying a home and finding out weeks later that there are problems with the sewer system. You’re dealing with messy backups in your home, and now you have to repair the problem.Sewer repair is not cheap. On average, repairs can cost $5,000. If the problem is in the street, repairs can easily creep up to $20,000 or more.
Don’t assume that a newer home won’t have sewer issues. In one horror story, buyers purchased a home built in 2006. The builder decided it would be a good idea to reuse the clay sewer line from the early 1900s to save on costs. An inspection found that the line had several breaks that needed repair, despite the home being almost new.
Even with relatively new sewer lines, anything can happen. A camera inspection may reveal that a 10-year-old sewer line is already clogged or damaged by tree roots.
Old and deteriorating lines can easily collapse, which would allow sewage to seep into your home.The diligent home buyer will absolutely have a home’s sewer system inspected. But there are also other plumbing issues that buyers should look at before buying a home.
Leaking toilets can cause serious, costly water damage. Experts recommend that home buyers inspect the area around the toilet to make sure it’s in good condition. If the floor feels soft or if the bowl shifts out of place when you move it, ask the homeowner why this is happening.
Clogged drains and improperly installed water pipes can also give home buyers headaches if they aren’t inspected properly. Home buyers should check all faucets while walking through the home. Let the water run for a few minutes. If the water doesn’t drain quickly, it may be sign that the pipes are clogged.Check under sinks to look for any signs of water damage.
Another common issue that home buyers tend to overlook: the water heater. A new water heater can cost $2,000 or more to replace. Units typically only last a decade, so inquire about the age of the water heater before buying the home. Even if the unit shows no signs of needing repair, it may need to be replaced in the near future if it’s nearing the 10-year mark.
Pay attention to where the tank is located. If the water heater leaks, will it damage hardwood floors, carpeting or furniture? Most hot water heaters are tucked away, but if they are close to a living space, you may have an even more expensive problem when you inevitably run into issues in the future.Buying a home is a significant investment. Taking the time to inspect the sewer line and plumbing can help you avoid costly repairs that can set you back financially.
We offer Thermal Imaging as an add-on to a home inspection. With a state-of-the-art thermal imaging camera, we can see areas of moisture and unexpected heat levels that can’t be seen with the naked eye. We use this information to locate and diagnose issues in the home.
A Moisture Meter is used during all inspections. We measure levels of moisture in suspect areas of the home, allowing us to find specific areas where there may be a moisture intrusion problem or mold growth.
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