October ushers in the fall, football, hay rides, and Halloween. This time of year can bring excitement and joy or haunts and fear, which is kind of like the home-buying process. Without a proper inspection, you could get into a money pit situation where you must unnecessarily waste money on unforeseen repairs and renovations. The Real Estate Inspection Company doesn’t want that to be your fate. To that end, we put together the top five scary home projects to avoid when buying a house.
1. Water damage
Water damage in the basement or crawl space is one of the most costly and extensive problems a home can have. It is not always visible to the naked eye and often goes unnoticed until it’s too late. Even worse, lingering moisture, especially in dark spaces, is a breeding ground for mold. If you suspect moisture issues, your best bet is to add a mold inspection to your buyer’s inspection
2. Roof damage
A roof is a crucial part of your house and needs to be in good shape. Roof damage, including leaks, can be very expensive to repair. Of course, replacing a roof is a big, costly undertaking. Make sure you understand the age of your potential new home’s roof and ensure it’s in good shape. An aerial roof inspection helps you do just that.
3. Foundation Problems
Water damage is the cause of many issues homeowners face, and foundation problems are another example. Foundation problems caused by water damage or poor drainage can be very expensive to fix. Be sure to have a qualified inspector check the foundation of any home you’re considering purchasing.
4. Pest Problems
Pests, such as termites, carpenter ants, cockroaches, and rodents, can damage your home. Not only is the damage they cause costly to repair, but it can also create unsafe living conditions and health problems. Cockroaches and rodents carry disease, and termites can quickly eat through the wood in your home, causing extensive damage. A pest inspection will help you identify any current or potential problems.
5. Plumbing Problems
A home inspection reviews all the major home systems, such as HVAC, electrical, and plumbing. However, it’s important to look deeper at plumbing problems for two reasons. First, water leaks can cause more extensive damage as you’ve already learned from our previous points. Additionally, the sewer system and underground plumbing are separate matters entirely. A general inspection doesn’t include sewer lines, but a sewer scope inspection provides more insight. We recommend this even more in older homes.
Inspections You Need, Quality You Trust
If you need an inspection for any of the issues we’ve discussed or just want extra peace of mind, The Real Estate Inspection Company is here for you. We provide quality home inspections in San Diego County, Orange County, and Riverside County, and we would be happy to help ensure your new home is everything you hoped for. Avoid the top scary home projects. Call (800) 232-5180 and schedule an inspection today!