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Inspector Insights: What Most Homeowners Miss


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For any of us that are buying or selling a home, one of the most anxiety-inducing thoughts is the prospect of overlooking an important repair. Without a professional at your side or years of experience yourself, there are so many crucial considerations that can easily be missed. These overlooked repairs can turn a great investment into a not-so-great investment or a dream home into a veritable nightmare. To help you avoid these oft-hidden pitfalls, we rounded up home inspection experts from Sacramento to Philadelphia. Read on and let these seasoned experts and homecare veterans guide you through the most frequently overlooked repairs that homeowners always forget to fix!

Too many small things can add up to a big thing

Sellers should address minor items that give a poor representation of the home like gutters that are falling off the home, slow sink drains and any quirky shortcut fixes because it wasn’t done correctly the first time. I inspected a home where there were limited electrical outlets in the basement so the seller had set up a network of extension cords that ran throughout the open basement ceiling instead of installing outlets. – Spotlight Inspection Services

Plumbing maintenance

Bad Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV): To avoid damage to valves on appliances or fixtures, like a toilet, you do not want the water pressure to be above 80 psi.  PRVs typically wear out every 15 years and when they do the water pressure can skyrocket to 150 psi!  Get a simple water gauge for less than $10 and test the water pressure to see if your pressure is too high.  If it is, a plumber can easily replace the PRV. – At-Ease Inspections

Some of the pre-sale repairs that are most often overlooked are any item that would potentially be covered under the Home Warranty that the seller may be providing to the buyer i.e. electrical, plumbing, appliances, etc. Any item covered under the Home Warranty that is listed as “deficient” in a home inspection report would be considered a “known” pre-existing condition and NOT covered by that warranty. With this in mind, I always recommend that buyers request these repairs to be made so that they can get the full value of the Home Warranty if one is offered. It is always to the seller’s benefit to remove any potential negotiating points from the buyer. – The Home Inspectors

Don’t forget the attic

The most overlooked or ignored spaces in a home tend to be attics and crawlspaces. These areas need to be evaluated before listing because they can hold some of the most unpleasant surprises. Non-professional repairs, structural damage due to leaks, or major moisture & mold problems will bring the smoothest of transactions to a screeching halt. These can be avoided if found and addressed prior to selling. – Integrity Home Inspection

Focus on Foundation

Grading is also commonly missed and is easy for homeowners to correct. Grading is simply adding dirt to the perimeter of your foundation.  You look to achieve a slope of 1/4″ per foot out to 6′ from the exterior foundation wall. – Inspection Pros LLC

Make sure your electrical was done professionally

In many homes a clear indication that a permit was never taken for the completion of a roughed-in basement is the location of the furnace isolation switch, it should be at the entrance to the “Room” where the furnace is located. Before a basement is finished the room is the whole basement and the switch is located close to the bottom of the stair, it should be relocated adjacent to the door into the smaller mechanical room that usually is constructed. Amateur electrical work in basements quite often results in wiring connected in reverse polarity (HOT and Neutral Reversed) which is not identified because it still functions as required but is a safety issue. Non Professional work on electrical panels often results in un-closed open holes where the wiring was considered to be located or removed at a different time and then forgotten rather than having a closure plug installed. Again a safety concern and a possibility of vermin entry which could result in a short at an inappropriate time. These issues throw up a RED flag for an inspector and cause them to look a little closer. – At Home & Play Inspections

Bathrooms

The best way to know what repairs you need to make before selling is by getting a pre-listing home inspection. The most common repairs that are overlooked by homeowners take place in the kitchen and bathrooms. Plumbing fixtures and valves are often corroded which are called out during a home inspection. Plumbing fixtures can be conducive to moisture-related issues and should be inspected and repaired as needed before selling your home.

Also, the grout or caulking between the sinks, shower walls, counters, and plumbing fixtures is often deteriorated. These items should be resealed. Repairing these small details will show potential buyers and inspectors that there is pride in ownership when providing a positive reflection of the home. The devil is in the details. – The Inspectors Company

Inspect your HVAC system

The homeowner should check the HVAC system for any leaks as well as check for adequate insulation in attics and crawl spaces. Attics are the main source of energy loss in any home and it is important to make sure your home is up to code. You will see saving on your energy bill right away if your attic is brought up to code. – Insulation Pros Colorado

Sneaky Mold

If you’re getting ready to sell your home, one of the last things that you want is to have a prospective client discover a problem in your home that could de-rail an accepted offer. Although most buyers now obtain home inspections as a part of their contingencies, a few of these buyers also obtain mold inspection reports, and unfortunately, many of these homes have mold-growth issues. If these problems are discovered early enough, they can be addressed prior to listing a property for sale, and the home can then be listed with a “clean bill of health” regarding mold issues. So if you’re considering selling your home, do yourself a favor and get a certified mold inspector to conduct a thorough inspection of your home before your first buyer ever sets foot in the home. – Bay Area Mold Pros

Scope Your Sewer Line

I would imagine that most people are aware of what’s broken in the interior of their home and don’t need to read an article to find out. But as the article title suggests, the “Repairs You Need to Make Before Selling” are probably the ones you’re not aware of and some of those are in the areas you don’t see very often, if at all. When was the last time you had your sewer line scoped? Your dryer vent cleaned? Your roof inspected? And, if your house is on a raised foundation, are you aware of what lies beneath? Getting a pre-listing inspection will take the guesswork out of what you need to repair (or disclose if you’re not willing to repair) before putting your house on the market. – Sacramento Home Inspections

Rain and groundwater management

Rain management is one of the most overlooked and estimated issues with many of the homes we inspect. Something as simple as a gutter full of debris can lead to leaks in the home, standing water in the crawlspace. This problem compounds as the gutter debris travels into the downspouts and through the storm drain lines. The rules are simple, make sure any water that lands on the roof makes it into a gutter, any water that enters the gutter flows freely to a downspout, and is discharged at least 6 feet away from any building components. These simple steps can prevent $1,000’s of unexpected and unnecessary damage over the years. – PacWest Home Inspections

Water intrusion issues due to a lack of proper storm/groundwater control. This can cause a lot of damage especially if the home is on a crawl space or basement, if the crawl space has not been inspected within the last year we would highly recommend getting a pre-listing inspection prior to putting the home on the market.   The majority of the deals we see get terminated is due to damage present under the home.  If you own a home with a crawl space ask yourself when is the last time it has been visually inspected if the answer is over three years or you can’t remember it’s time to get an inspection done. – AHI Residential & Commercial Inspections

Cracks in your hardscaping

Home sellers usually forget to repair hairline step cracks along the exterior concrete (masonry) block walls. Hairline cracks below 1/16” in width and are not structural defects. However, the step cracks can provide entry for moisture intrusion to damage interior wall materials and runaway future home buyers for assuming these are structural defects. – Pro Inspect Solutions

Accessibility

When Homeowners decide to list their home, it is important to listen to their Agent’s suggestions to make the process smoother. At Continental Home Inspections we have often found instances where the Seller has been diligent in their efforts, but all too often accessibility to systems and components may oftentimes be overlooked. Blocked electrical panels, crawlspace locks, attic access, and stored items in attics and crawl spaces can result in items being missed and deemed inaccessible. This can result in re-inspection fees, which may also ask the question “who will pay for the re-inspection?” A checklist and a walk-thru of the home prior to the Inspector’s arrival can not only save both parties time but also money. Continental Home Inspections

GFCI Receptacles

I would recommend anyone who is selling their home to check/verify the following: trip & reset each of your GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets (these outlets are the ones with a test/reset button). Verify your electrical panel is obstruction-free: nothing stack in front of it or blocking access. Make sure each of your locks on your doors actually works and locks the door when engaged. Check each of your sinks will retain water when the stopper diverter is engaged. Finally, verify that your air filters are CLEAN and if not replace them. – Top 2 Bottom Home Inspection

The most commonly overlooked items we have come across are electrical related.  The exterior GFCI should be covered with the proper exterior covering and must be operational.  The GFCIs throughout the house should also be operated in the kitchen, bathrooms, garage, and unfinished basement. These are some of the most common safety issues we encounter. – Echo Home Inspections

Originally published on Redfin and republished here with the permission of Redfin.

Home Inspection Tips Both Buyers & Sellers Can Benefit From


A home inspection is a visual examination of a residential unit (typically a house or an apartment) for the purposes of identifying any underlying issues it might have. They are performed by trained experts and are considered to be a vital part of the home buying and selling process.

In other words, whether you’re looking to purchase or sell a property, performing a home inspection is the only way to ensure you’re “playing with a full deck.” Failing to do so may lead to an uninformed business decision that has the potential to set you back financially for decades to come.

Whether you’re looking to purchase a property, or you’re a seller considering a pre-listing home inspection in San Diego, you can benefit from learning a few tried-and-true home inspection tips. Keep reading to learn more. 

How do I get the most out of my home inspection?

According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, 90% of homeowners firmly believe that home inspections are a necessary part of the home buying process. What’s less well-known is what exactly a home inspection entails and how to properly incorporate it into the home selling or purchasing process. 

Here are three things you need to keep in mind:

Make the inspection official

Tips to prepare for a pre listing home inspection in san diegoThe buyer should work with their agent to ensure the home inspection is placed into the contract as a contingency clause. This gives them a set amount of time (usually 10-14 days) to perform a home inspection before a purchase offer is signed

This way, if the home inspection uncovers serious problems with the property, the buyer can back down and get their earnest money back. Sellers can prevent this problem by performing a pre-listing inspection and either fixing serious issues beforehand, or reducing their asking price.

Don’t set your expectations too high

Always remember that a home inspection is primarily a visual examination. This means inspectors can’t do things like examine the piping or wiring inside the walls, break open the floor to check for internal water damage, or move large furniture around to get at hard-to-reach areas. 

Furthermore, every home has problems (especially if it’s more than a decade old) and putting together a list of minor issues that don’t impact the final price is a waste of everyone’s time. Your inspector’s job is to assess the home’s condition, and to do that they must focus on the big picture. 

Don’t forget specialty inspections

You want to know everything there is to know about the property in question before you buy it or put it up for sale. Before any legally binding documents are signed, consider performing “ancillary inspections”.

These inspections are designed to detect problems such as pest infestations, electrical inspections, and more. They’re normally performed by specialty inspectors, but some general inspectors may have the skill set needed to provide them. 

If you’re unsure whether a home needs an ancillary inspection, your best course of action is to call a reputable home inspection company and ask. 

Where can I book a reliable pre-listing home inspection in San Diego?

Home inspection tips for buyers and sellersAre you looking to sell an attractive property near the Santa Fe Depot? Or perhaps you’re looking to buy a house in Coronado? Regardless of what your situation may be, you shouldn’t sign any contracts until you know everything there is to know about the property in question. 

We can help you with that. Here at Inspectors Company, we boast the expertise, the experience, and the cutting-edge equipment needed to perform top-of-the-line inspections on residential properties of all types and sizes. Get in touch with us today. 

How To Get Ready for a Home Inspection?


When buying or selling a home in America, it’s considered common practice to have the place examined by a home inspection expert. The goal is to get a professional assessment of the property’s condition before any legally binding documents are signed. 

Conducting a home inspection before selling or buying an apartment or a house is in everyone’s best interest. By identifying any important problems a given property may have, both the buyer and the seller are able make informed decisions and avoid unpleasant surprises. 

What do pre listing home insectors in san diego doBut how do you prepare for a home inspection? If a seller had the property examined by pre-listing home inspectors in San Diego, do they need to disclose these findings to prospective buyers? Read on to learn the answers to these common home inspection questions. 

What should I do before a home inspection?

Aside from hiring an inspector and showing up at the property on time, buyers don’t have to do anything special to get ready for the inspection. On the other hand, there are quite a few things a seller can and should do to facilitate the home inspection

Some major things include:

  • Cleaning the house. A spotless house is not only easier to navigate, it also leaves a great impression on potential buyers and prevents unexpected problems. The last thing you want is for a deal to fall through because the buyer thinks you haven’t been cleaning the house regularly.
  • Leaving the utilities connected. Certified home inspectors leave no rock unturned. They will run the dishwasher, turn on the stove, test the air conditioning and the furnace, and more. If these utilities are disconnected, the inspector may be forced to reschedule. 
  • Declutter. Remove items that may make it difficult to navigate the house or limit access to the furnace, water heater, or air conditioner. The inspector will need 3-4 feet of working space in order to examine these items, so keep that in mind while decluttering. 

Does the seller have to disclose previous inspection?

Federal law requires sellers to disclose the presence of any known lead-based paints in the home, provide the buyer with an EPA-published pamphlet on lead-based paint, and get and keep a signed statement from the buyer saying that these disclosure requirements were completed.

Aside from that, there are no nationwide laws on what exactly the seller is required to disclose. Since every state has its own regulations, your best course of action is to consult your home inspection company of choice. 

Common disclosures include:

  • Mold infestations and water damage. In addition to being upfront about basement floods or leaks in the roof, the seller must also notify the buyer about what (if anything) was done to remedy these problems. 
  • Pest infestations. The presence of rats, cockroaches, and especially termites and carpenter ants can be a serious problem and needs to be disclosed. As with water damage, the buyers also have to be told about any measures that were taken to remedy the issue.
  • Insurance claims and major repairs are another thing the buyers need to know about. This includes repairs performed by previous owners. 

Where can I hire dependable pre-listing home inspectors in San Diego?

How to prepare for a pre listing home inspection in san diegoLet’s say there’s a highly desirable property near the UC San Diego School of Medicine that you wish to sell or purchase. No matter how eager you may be to close the deal, rushing into it without complete information can easily result in a financial transaction that you’ll regret for the rest of your life. 

Inspectors Company is here to help. By conducting first-rate home inspections, we can provide you, our client, with the crucial data you need to make an objective, financially sound decision. Give us a call today. 

Home Inspection Repair Requests a Buyer Shouldn’t Make


There’s no such thing as a perfect home. Even newly built houses likely have some underlying issues caused by mistakes in workmanship or sub-par materials. This is especially true if the property is old, or has been mass produced as part of a tract housing development.

Buyers should keep this in mind when using home inspection services in San Marcos. The reality is that the housing market is a seller’s market. Just because your home inspector uncovered many small issues with the property, doesn’t mean most sellers will be able or willing to fix them all. 

In this article, we’ll tell you which issues should be repaired before proceeding with the deal, and which ones the buyers should deal with themselves at a later date. Read on to learn more.

Which repair should I request after a home inspection?

The primary goal of a home inspection is to identify serious mechanical or structural defects that can result in expensive repairs in the future, or that may be impossible to fully fix. In worst cases, these problems can even endanger the lives of the house’s occupants.

As a buyer, you should focus on:

  • Faulty wiring and other major electrical problems, 
  • Water damage, mold infections, and other serious plumbing issues,
  • Damaged roofing and foundations,
  • Problems with the HVAC system,
  • Pest infestations (especially carpenter ants and termites). 

While sellers aren’t legally allowed to sell you a place that’s unstable or otherwise dangerous, is that really something you want to find out after the money has already changed hands? This is one of the main reasons why home inspections are crucial

Which repair requests should a buyer avoid?

Which repair requests should a buyer avoidFor most Americans, purchasing an apartment or a house is the largest financial transaction they will make in their life. This kind of pressure causes many buyers to become overly focused on minor problems that mean nothing in the context of 20-30 years of property ownership.

Unfortunately, sweating the small stuff often leads to disagreements between the seller and the buyer, which in turn result in the deal falling through. Don’t lose your dream home because of an insignificant issue that can be easily fixed at a later date! 

Avoid making these repair requests:

  • Cosmetic problems such as cracked tiles, faded or chipped paint, minor yard problems, landscaping, scratches on a hardwood floor, etc., are all easy problems to deal with and won’t have a significant effect on your life in the house,
  • Nitpicks are a big no-no. Those old curtain holders or leaky shower hoses may bother you, but they’re not something you should worry about while trying to make a six-figure deal. Here’s a good rule of thumb; if it costs less than $100 to repair, it’s not worth bringing up. 
  • Failed window seals aren’t a big deal, and you shouldn’t worry about them during a home inspection. You should only mention them if there’s a large number of windows that need to be replaced, and the seller hasn’t disclosed this fact up front.
  • Cracked basement floor is nothing to be concerned about. These cracks naturally appear as the concrete floor settles and absorbs water, and they’re not an indicator of structural problems.

Who provides top-notch home inspection services in San Marcos?

Let’s say there’s a gorgeous residential property near the Las Posas Pool that you wish to buy or sell. Unless you’re a construction professional or you have home inspection training, you probably lack the expertise needed to accurately assess the property in question. 

Inspectors Company can help. We have a long tradition of providing first-in-class home inspections to the good residents of San Marcos. Our inspection experts boast the training, the experience, and the tools necessary to provide you with the information you need to make a favorable deal. Contact us today. 

Why You Should Have Your Home Inspected Before Selling


People who are serious about purchasing a house or an apartment will usually book a professional home inspection in San Marcos, CA prior to signing any contracts. The goal is to detect any problems the house may have before proceeding with the deal. 

As a seller, the last thing you want is to find out your property has damaged foundations or an advanced mold infestation at the same time the buyer does. Not only can this make it difficult to sell the home at a good price, it may also require you to make costly repairs to the home before the house can be legally sold. 

In the following article, we’ll explain why having a home inspected before putting it on the market is a crucial step when selling a property. Keep reading to learn more. 

Why should I have my home inspected before selling it?

A pre-inspection is viewed as a gesture of goodwill. It gives prospective buyers confidence and peace of mind, and sets you apart from other sellers. While being seen as honest and dependable is definitely a bonus, a pre-inspection also brings other benefits.

The major benefits of a pre-inspection include:

It saves you money

A home inspection will uncover any major defects that may put off potential buyers or decrease the value of the property. The importance of this can’t be understated. It enables the seller to deal with the problems in question before any buyers see them. 

In addition to making it much easier to sell the house at a good price, this also enables you to conduct any repairs on your own terms. The last thing you want is to deal with a difficult buyer who’s unhappy with the way the requested repairs were performed, or who keeps meddling with the repair process.

It reduces the risk of a deal falling through

An experienced and licensed home inspector will help you identify which problems are most likely to “scare” a potential buyer and result in a collapsed sale (ie., the buyer immediately deciding they don’t want to buy your home and walking away). 

By finding out about these issues and dealing with them beforehand, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing that there’s no risk of a buyer suddenly deciding your property is not up to par. This saves you both time and frustration. 

It shows buyers your home is well-maintained

Some buyers look for small things that need fixing, such as flickering light bulbs, leaky shower hoses, and small cracks in the wall. If they find these things, they tend to assume that the property has been poorly maintained (regardless of whether that’s true or not) and collapse the sale. 

Home inspectors are aware of this, which is why they’re always on the lookout for these small problems that can discourage these buyers. With their help, you’ll be able to ensure your home looks well-maintained to all buyers, no matter how fastidious they might be. 

Where can I book a first-rate home inspection in San Marcos, CA?

What are the key pros of a pre-listing home inspectionAre you the owner of a home located near the Helen Bougher Memorial Park, who’s looking to ensure their house quickly finds a buyer? Or perhaps you’re looking to purchase a well-built residential property that isn’t in dire need of expensive repairs? 

Whatever your situation may be, having the best home inspector in San Marcos on your side is essential in order to make a favorable buying or selling deal. Inspectors Company offers the complete range of inspection services, including pool, spa, roofing, mold, and sewer line inspections. 

Our inspectors are fully licensed, highly experienced, and equipped with cutting-edge inspection tools and software. Give us a call today.