Posts made in August, 2014

Viewing PropertySometimes knowing what NOT to inspect after a home inspection is just as important as what you should expect after a home inspection.

A home inspection is not protection against future failures. Stuff happens!

Components like air conditioners and heat systems can and will break down. A home inspection attempts to reveal the condition of the component at the time the component was inspected. For protection from future failure you may want to consider a home warranty.

A home inspection is not a code inspection, which verifies local building code compliance.

A home inspector will not pass or fail a house. Homes built before code revisions are not obligated to comply with the code for homes built today. Home inspectors will report findings when it comes to safety concerns that may be in the current code such as ungrounded outlets above sinks. A home inspector thinks “Safety” not “Code” when performing a home inspection.

A home inspection is not an appraisal that determines the value of a home. Nor will a home inspector tell you if you should buy this home or what to pay for this home.

Have more questions? Give us a call 407.780.0911. We’re BUY YOUR SIDE.


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Sometimes a Stain is a Stain

Posted on Aug 8, 2014 | 0 comments

Buy Your Side Water Intrustion Garage DoorAs home inspectors we often make comments about conditions that have happened in the past but are not present at the time of inspection.

As example, so we may note in the home inspection report a stain on the ceiling and that it was not wet (or wet, if it is so) at the time of inspection. corrected condition … or that it’s seasonal and/or otherwise not duplicated during our home inspection.

Based on our findings and experience, we may further suggest the area be watched for continued moisture or that it simply be painted. Our recommendations will vary from property to property, but they’ll usually be noted in the our home inspection report.

Doing so assures that everyone involved in the real estate transaction is aware of the observation and recommended remedy.

Recommendations will be as varied as the stains themselves.  But they generally will be noted on the home inspection report.  This protects everyone involved in the transaction/inspection.

Stains around floor drains that might be consistent with water backing up out of the drain or flooding of the drain due to poor drainage.  High water marks in crawl spaces and mud  that indicates ponding in front of or under the garage door generally are noted as well.

Again, noting these observations is good for everyone involved because it paints a picture that’s deeper than what may be observable at the time of the inspection. It’s not about nitpicking or predicting future concerns, it’s about being thorough even when it may not be impossible to determine if remedies are successful or if they’ve been done at all.

Painting with a broader brush usually better illuminate the big picture.

For more information or to schedule an inspection, call BUY YOUR SIDE. 407.780.0911

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