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Understanding Common Defects in Las Sendas Homes
A Phoenix home inspection is perhaps the most important aspect of the home buying process. It can help you discover problems with the house that you didn’t know were there, which can help you avoid making a big mistake by choosing the wrong investment. Most of the time though, the inspection just highlights minor issues with the house that you can use as leverage to knock down the price of the house, get repairs made, or get some other concessions in the sale.
Here are some of the common defects that your home inspector might find in a Las Sendas home:
Exterior Caulking and Sealing
Caulking and sealing is used around the frames of windows, the frames of doors, the space around vents, around siding, and more. If the caulking has cracks or the sealing starts to fail, insects can more easily enter the house (especially scorpions, which are common in Arizona) and the energy efficiency of the home can suffer.
Not many people regularly check in on caulking and sealing, so it is often flagged as needing attention in a home inspection. Once you move into your home, make sure you check on these items regularly to ensure that your home is well-protected.
Clogged and Bent Gutters
Your gutters serve an important role in funneling water away from your roof and your house. When they become clogged, they aren’t able to properly do their job. Yet they get clogged very easily because most people don’t clean them as often as they should. The clogged gutters can easily because bent out of shape from the pressure of the backed-up water or the debris.
Your home inspector will let you know if the gutters need to be replaced or they simply need attention. Other common issues that come up with gutters include loose fasteners and cracked seals.
Your roof could be hiding a number of problems without you realizing it. A roof could even be leaking for months before an owner notices, and by then, the water damage has spread throughout the home, creating extensive damage. Other small problems can exist on your roof that can become bigger problems if they are not repaired quickly, such as peeling or missing shingles, cracked or missing tiles, decaying underlayment, faulty flashing, and more.
A good home inspection will detect problems with a roof so that you know what kind of repairs might be in your future if you buy the home.
Poor ventilation in your attic, basement, or crawlspace can cause big issues. Moisture and humidity can cause warping of the wood or drywall, the formation of mold or mildew, or even water damage. Ventilation problems can also cause more pests to be attracted to the home.
You won’t know that the are problems with a home’s ventilation until big problems present themselves. The home inspection will let you know when ventilation is an issue so that you can avoid costly repairs later.
Grading and Drainage Issues
You may view a house and think that the yard looks great. But after you move in, you may find out that every time it rains, your crawlspace gets flooded. The problem is bad grading. Or sometimes, the problem may be poor drainage. Either way, it causes major problems and costly repairs.
You aren’t likely to spot grading or drainage issues yourself when you are viewing properties, yet they are among the common problems discovered by home inspections. Always get an experienced Phoenix home inspector to check out a property before you buy.
Electrical wiring is something else you can’t see and aren’t likely to know has issues unless some outlet is not working. That’s why you need a good home inspector who knows what to look for to check the home over from top to bottom.
Some of the most common electrical issues that home inspections turn up are faulty GFCI outlets – or, more accurately, the lack of such outlets where they need to be. Other common problems include old wiring and the lack of grounding connections.
You don’t want to move into a house and find out six months later that you have no air conditioning or heating. Yet that happens quite often. Home inspectors frequently discover lingering issues with the HVAC system that can become big problems later. Often, the inspection shows that the system is near the end of its lifespan and needs to be replaced.
If you get a comprehensive home inspection, you can be sure that the Las Sendas home you want to buy is ready for you to move in. Without a good inspection, you could easily overlook problems with the home. You could use any information turned up in the inspection to negotiate a lower price for the house, have repairs made before you move in, or more. Knowledge is power. Make sure you start home ownership on a strong note.
ATS Home Inspections offers thorough Las Sendas home inspections, as well as property inspections in the surrounding area. Our inspectors have been offering reliable results for many years, and we have earned a reputation for quality service. Call us today to schedule your Las Sendas home inspection.