Anybody who has participated in a real estate transaction has likely experienced the process of scheduling and undertaking a home inspection. As we discussed in an earlier article, a home inspection is only as valuable as you make it. The reality is that every home has flaws and areas that need attention, but knowing the difference between a typical problem and a potentially costly or dangerous one is essential to making an informed decision about a purchase or sale.
Here are two areas to pay special attention to during a home inspection:
Toxic materials: Asbestos is a common material that is known to cause significant damage to lungs, especially if it comes in large quantities. If asbestos is found it should most certainly be removed by a professional if at all, as it is one of the most complicated to dispose of safely. Other materials that have been known to adversely affect the health of residents are lead paint and, more recently, Chinese drywall, which was a popular building material between 2004 and 2005 and poses serious health threats.
Wiring: One of the reasons that building codes are constantly being updated is because of the high risks that come with obsolete electrical materials, especially considering the fact that faulty wiring is one of the most common causes of fires. You should also be aware of whether or not a house has too few electrical outlets, a condition that could lead to the overuse of those available, resulting in wire damage. Noticing exposed wires is vital as well — these should always be remedied by a professional.
If you live in the Virginia or Washington, D.C., area and have an interest in having your home inspected, contact industry-leader Alban Inspections to schedule a professional home inspection today!