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GREAT IDEA...Inspect Your Own Home

Posted By: Jeanette Turner In: Home Inspection
Date: Wed, Feb 8th 2017 3:30 pm

Living in a neighborhood that was built in the 1960s, Ashley Hall Manor, there are going to be things that go wrong with your house.  Well, for a lack of checking, it took my Orkin representative out to inspect for termites, to let me know I had standing water underneath my house.  As he went to the crawl space, he couldn’t go under for quite a bit of standing water which I had no idea about; where it came from or how long it had been there.  All I know is that since then, I’ve seen 3 different plumbing companies and have spent $2,400.  This was all for not checking my property on a regular basis.  What an expensive lesson!

One of the easiest things we can do as homeowners is to walk around our property with a camera and a note pad and take a careful look on a regular basis.  Keep notes of any problems or issues you may see as well as take pictures so that the next time you survey your property, you can note if any changes have occurred that have made matters worse.  A good example of this is spotting some brick that may be separating slightly and possibly a couple of years later when you’re doing your inspection there may be a wider separation in the brick, possibly indicating a foundation problem, although this typically takes years to occur.

The most important thing you can do for your property is to keep water out and away from the house.  A great thing to do is to go out during a heavy rain and make sure that the water is being carried down to the ground and not building up underneath your house or around the base of your house.

Although most problems start outside with rain, don’t forget to check the attic.  Again, making regular checks can head off a major leak by finding the smaller leak just starting in the attic. 

Termites.  Who wants to deal with termites and yet we do live in the Lowcountry.  There are several signs of termite problems.  One sign is dirt tubes that certain species build and travel inside.  Another sign is termite droppings or frass, tiny tan or brown pellets.  The damage itself is caused by the termites eating wood and leaving marks that look like someone has run a comb through the wood.

Well, you get the idea.  Let’s keep up with our properties so we maintain the value of what they should be.  It is typically the highest price item you’ll ever buy.

After what I have just encountered, I intend to have my property inspected by a professional inspector so that I’m able to do home repairs in order of importance and have my home in tip top shape!!!

Should you decide you’d like to have your home inspected and need the name of a professional home inspector, or should you have other real estate needs, please do not hesitate to give me a call.