It’s easy to see why you would want to know what to expect when you have your home inspection done. The inspector will inspect your property and tell you if it is in good condition or needing work. You should also be aware that the inspector will inspect your property for cracks or chips in siding, stucco, bricks, and other hazards.
Check for cracks, chips and dents in bricks, stucco, siding, and stucco.
Storm damage can cause damage to bricks, stucco and siding. Leakage, insulation problems, and structural damage can all result from exterior finishes being damaged. Knowing how to spot these signs can help you prevent further damage.
After a severe storm event, property owners don’t usually notice damage until it’s too late. Take the time to inspect your siding. Then, contact a trusted contractor to repair your home’s exterior.
You should look out for small cracks in stucco that can be repaired with a cold-chisel when you are repairing it. This is a very simple and easy repair project that can save you half of the cost of professional repair.
Cracks, chips, or dents in your siding could indicate that it needs to be replaced. This is a good option if you have old siding. In any case, a new board should cost approximately $30 per panel.
A patch can be applied around the crack. This can help keep larger cracks from spreading. If the crack is too large, you will need to call a professional for repairs.
Storm damage can also be visible through loose pieces of aluminum siding. Vinyl siding can also be damaged by dents, breaks, and dings. These are just a few examples of siding that can be damaged by strong winds and hail.
When you see signs of storm damage to your siding or stucco, you should get it fixed right away. This will help you minimize the risks of further damages and will prepare your home for a storm.
A stucco repair kit can be purchased at your local home improvement shop. It will include materials like sealants and lathing. It won’t include tools like a hammer or caulk gun.
Stucco is an exterior cladding made from cement. It can withstand light weather conditions but is not as durable as vinyl or wood. It is important to apply it with care.
It’s a good idea for you to get quotes from multiple contractors before hiring one to repair your exterior. This will enable you to see the scope and allow you to envision what your house will look after the repairs are completed.
Look for attached and detached garages, sidewalks, patios, and driveways
If you are building a home or renovating an existing one, you have probably seen some of the glitz and glam that comes along with the process. One of the coolest features is the attached and detached garages. These structures are often the centerpiece of the backyard and can provide you with a place to store your toys while entertaining guests or keeping them out of the rain. You don’t need to build them. They can be installed by the pros. Despite their convenience, you will still have to obtain the proper permits before you start tinkering.
A garage is not only a problem for many homeowners, but it is also a source of pride for the entire neighborhood. A well-built garage will keep your belongings safe and secure, and will add to the value of your home or business. In addition, it’s not impossible to convert an existing garage into a living space. It’s not a good idea, however, to take the easy route.
A garage attached to your house is a major deal. For major alterations such as installing an HVAC system or sprinkler system, you will need a permit. You will also need permission to add an alternative energy system or fence to your property.
You should be looking for radon and termites, mold, asbestos, and other hazards
A home inspection is an important part in any real estate transaction. It looks at the home’s interior, but it is also a chance for the inspector to look for potential environmental hazards. Hidden dangers include asbestos, termites and radon.
Radon is a radioactive gas that can be introduced into the air in your home through poorly ventilated crawlspaces. Radon can also be released by well water or building materials. It is not tasteable or smellable and can cause lung cancer. Fortunately, you can fix a radon problem.
Lead paint is another environmental danger you might encounter. This hazardous material is most commonly found in homes built before the mid 1980s. Children are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of lead paint. In addition, lead paint is toxic and can cause learning disabilities and mental retardation.
Mold can grow in damp and wet places. It can destroy clothing, shoes, and other belongings. If mold is a problem in your home, you should have it professionally inspected.
Asbestos is a dangerous material that can release harmful fibers into the air. Most homes built before 1980 have asbestos. You will need to hire an inspector licensed by the CT Department of Public Health to determine if your home is asbestos-free.
During a home inspection, a generalist will check your house for common problems, such as loose shingles and cracked mastic around vents. The inspector will also inspect for ground fault circuit interrupters and electrical outlets. But, the inspector will never be able to see things behind walls or in the basement.
Pest and wood destroying organism (WDI), inspection is another specialized area of home inspection. Wood-destroying organisms include beetles and ants. An inspector will collect samples of each room and test them in a laboratory.
Termites are another common issue that your inspector may see. They can be a serious problem if not treated quickly. Many inspectors recommend hiring a specialist to deal with the problem.