Your Inspection Reports (Part I)
Today we will go over the Findings in the Reports and Quotes from your Inspectors and Vendors. I am guessing I will have way too much information to process in this single blog, so we are in Part I and not sure how many more we will have for the coming weeks. At this time, you have had 4 companies come out to review/inspect your home you are thinking on buying. It took about a week to get them all in due to tight schedules (busy season). Now you have just 4 more Business Days to read over and verify there are No Surprises before you are 100% contractually committed to buying this home. Let’s say it is Wednesday afternoon, so 4 Business Days would give you to the following Tuesday late afternoon to back out of the contract (noting you officially have until 10am Wednesday morning, but don’t wait that long). I will focus on each Company 1 by 1 for the next few blog posts. Today, we will discuss the Home Inspector.
You get a 20-50 page report from the Home Inspector and think, Wow…..a ton of stuff in here about the home. Well, in my experience, there is a lot of Legal speak (a little CYA here…..like most business…not a knock here). There is a lot of FYI info telling you about the facts of Homes (lifespan of appliances, pipes, roofs, windows, etc). These things are helpful, but for our Blog here, let’s get to the meat of the report…..The Issues that were found with the Home.!
- Exterior Review shows:
- Normal wear on the roof – no leaks can be seen at this time to the lower levels of the home. Not seeing any bad shingles or flashing. They can guess on the age of the roof, but you really have to trust what the seller provides in the property disclosure. If the seller doesn't know, then guessing is all you have.
- The foundation is a crawl space design – no visible signs of foundation issues (no settlement cracks in walls, no wood rot beams, pilings are stable, etc.
- There are cracks in the driveway (pretty common). As long as they are not huge and uneven spots, this should be fine, just need to discuss with contractor on maintenance of the cracks.
- Landscaping is fine – normal run off of water seems to be working ok. You always want your dirt to flow away from the home. This keeps water build up away from the home. Bushes could use some trimming but nothing out of the ordinary.
- There are No Gutters – this is common here in the low country (older homes). I have seen the roof overhang extend further than normal on some homes and this drains the water a good 18” from the side of the home. I think overall, since you plan to live here another 20+ years, you should Plan to Install Gutters.
- Exterior is Brick – Veneer – not to be mistaken for Solid Brick. Maybe another Blog I will discuss the differences. For now, just think of Brick-Veneer as having a structural frame made of wood. There doesn’t seem to be any big issues with the brick. There could be some maintenance done to re-caulk where holes have appeared. Anything big, you should discuss with contractor. Re-caulking of the steel supports above the window frames is necessary, as rust is showing and you don’t want rust lines going down the window or brick.
- Windows are Update Double Pain – over the years the previous owners installed new windows. This is a great idea and you are happy that was done by the sellers. The inspector did go around and ALL the windows are in Good Working Order (they can open/close/tilt in). Nice….!
- There are Wasp nests around the exterior where wasps like to go. If there are holes, corners and under roof, then wasps will build the little (size of quarter) hive. I have seen these quarter sized hives turn into much larger and housing 10+ wasps. I personally use an all-natural spray that is water and peppermint oil to spray on the nest as much as I can risk. It may take 3-5 tries and go back once a day for a week. Wasps Don’t Like Peppermint.! They will pack their bags and move on. Just remove the old next when they are gone.
Ok…that is it for today’s blog. We have covered most of the Exterior Inspection, so next week let’s get into the Interior Findings.
Gary Buchanan/Realtor® w/AgentOwned Realty - firstname.lastname@example.org 843-647-7743