Home Inspection
Information From
Alban Home
Inspection Service

August '03

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Common Findings
In a Home Inspection Report
Fortunately, most home inspections turn up a small variety of problems, few of which come as a surprise to the buyer or the seller. After all, the seller knows his property, and the buyer has attempted to get to know it in order to make
a wise purchase.

Here are some of the most common findings in a home inspection report:
Grading/Drainage Problems The problem most commonly found by inspectors, grading and drainage problems often lead to damp or wet basements. Correction methods can vary and include installing new gutters, removing weepy tiles, or regrading the lawn to channel surface water in another direction. 
Minor Maintenance Problems
These problems result from poor overall maintenance, and include such things as peeling paint and rotting wood in decks. Older/Insufficient Electrical System 
Common in older homes, older electrical
systems may include undersized services, aluminum wiring, and knob-and-tub wiring. Electrical problems are potentially hazardous, so it is important to have these findings fully researched by a professional. 
Older Cooling/Heating Systems
If a heating/cooling system is old or poorly maintained, it could pose



a safety and health risk. Although replacement is expensive, newer systems are cost-efficient as they reduce heating/cooling costs substantially.
Older/Poorly Installed Plumbing
Another common problem in older homes,
ineffective plumbing can run the gamut from a simple 10-minute fix to expensive replacement. If plumbing is a problem area, it is wise to hire a professional for evaluation. Minor Structural Problems 
Typical in older homes, these problems can
include everything from cracked plaster to a shifting foundation. These are not immediate hazards, but should receive the proper attention. 

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Reduce Utility Bills

Everyone desires lower housing expenses. Fortunately, water, electricity, heat and air conditioning usage are controllable and can lead to lower utility costs. Here are some easy steps to reduce costs: 
1. At the thermostat for a forced air furnace, turn the fan to the "ON" position and run the fan 24/7. The thermostat will remain at a constant temperature longer and call for gas or electricity less. 
2. Check the hot water temperature at the faucet furthest from the water heater. If water temperature is above 120 degrees, turn the temperature control knob down to achieve 120 degrees. 
3. Turn the water off while brushing your teeth. A family of 4 can save 15,000 gallons of water over a year. 4. Clean the condenser coils on the refrigerator to aid heat transfer and reduce costs. Operate it at the proper temperatures, 36-38 degrees for the refrigerator and 0-6 degrees for the freezer. 
5. Eliminate all wasted water. There should be no dripping faucets, running toilets or ghost flushing. All these waste water. Take a quicker shower. 
6. Replace the showerhead with a water saver, which cuts water use in half and reduces the amount of water to be heated. 
7. Inquiry of your local utility company about an energy audit. These can be low cost or free and can be very educational.




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