RE:THINK: Demystifying the Home Inspection
Watch the special event!
Recently, Shannon and Tom Dabb, of Immaculate Home Inspections, held a special event where the topic was home inspections. This step in the buying or selling process can certainly trip things up. Tom has performed over 3,500 inspections and has a background in structural engineering. Shannon relies on Tom not only with her own investment properties but also for clients that are thinking of buying or selling.
A buyer’s home inspection can take 2.5 and 3 hours to complete since the inspector goes through everything – electrical, plumbing, roof, foundation, and how things operate within the home.
A pre-listing home inspection can take 1 - 1.5 hours. Completing a pre-listing inspection can be advantageous to a seller but you really want to speak to your trusted real estate agent about it. There are a few pros and a few cons to having this type of inspection you should be aware of.
Some of the items discussed by Tom included:
- The importance of sellers keeping records of everything you fixed, especially receipts from licensed professionals.
- Underground oil tanks and Knob & Tube wiring – a RED flag
- Sewer line inspections
- PVC drainage pipes
- Cedar shingle roofs
- Asbestos on steam pipes and certain tiling
- Radon gas testing
- Importance of keeping receipts and records
Shannon suggests if you are even thinking of buying or selling, it is the PERFECT time to give her a call so you can have a knowledgeable realtor be involved in the process from the very beginning.