Top things many home inspectors miss

TOP things many home inspectors miss

Asbestos

Did you know that most homes build prior to 1970's have a high chance of having asbestos?

Your home inspector may not be able to test for asbestos himself but your inspection report should say and the inspector should notify you if there is a chance of having asbestos.


There are labs and specialists that can test for asbestos. It’s possible to order a home test kit and take a sample yourself to send in, but depending on your own health and confidence in your ability to test for asbestos without causing yourself a potential health issue, you might want to bring in the experts for any tests. They’ll check a portion of your insulation, and if it is asbestos, give you options for how to get it removed.



Built between 1900 and 1950


Knob and tube wiring consists of fuses and fuse boxes and is considered outdated and inadequate to cover today's loads.


Grade sloping (or draining) back toward the home


This could lead to damp or wet crawlspaces, foundation movement, cracking or settlement. Water wicking up the foundation could lead to rot in the walls, framing members and mold. Some indications of foundation movement include windows that are out of square; interior doors that have large, uneven gaps at the top when the door is closed; or floors visibly out of level. If you see this, know that the cost to correct this problem could add up quickly.


Minor structural damage


Cut and broken trusses are often seen in attic cavities and on occasion we also see structural components missing. Usually repairs are needed, however we find it is rarely an imminent safety hazard.


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