Home buyers may avoid hiring Atlanta home inspectors a lot of the time because they don’t understand what inspectors do. What exactly are home inspectors looking for when they slide into the crawl space, investigate the basements, or climb on top of the roof? Why do they do it?
There are numerous things inspectors have to look at both inside and outside the home. Atlanta home inspectors are skillful at accessing and diagnosing issues that are found in a home during an inspection. Still, people can only really appreciate the cost they pay for an inspector when they understand what the job entails.
Inspecting the Property’s Major Systems
Plumbing: The plumbing work in the house is evaluated to ensure its functioning and was setup properly (verifying it supplies adequate water throughout the home, and if it drains properly). The water heater’s temperature is also tested, should never exceed beyond 110-120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Air Conditioner & Heater: Making sure the A/C and heater turn on is only half the work. Inspectors should check to see if both systems are sized to serve the home efficiently (which saves on electricity), and that it circulates throughout the home evenly.
Electricity: The electrical system is looked at to see if it’s properly providing the house power. It’s also checked to confirm its properly installed, bonded, and grounded. Inspectors also look to see if any wires were tampered with or added.
A home should also have proper ventilation for the water heater, as well as gas appliances and dryers. Gas buildup is very dangerous and can build up fast in the home if it does not have a proper exit funnel. Dryers should be inspected to see if they dry clothes properly and expel hot air so fires don’t occur.
The foundation of the property is one of the most critical things to look at in the house. A house can sink if it is extremely damaged. If the house has stairs, they need to be checked to see if it is at a safe height, angle, and is uniform. The same goes for the hand and guard rails if there are any.
Ground fault interrupters are the interesting plugs you find, or at least should find, in your bathroom and kitchen whenever water and electricity are close. Homes are also inspected to see if they have a smoke detector that is correctly installed and distributed in the right areas.
The Perimeter and the Roof
The roof of the house protects you from the weather and inspectors will verify its durability and check to see if it was installed properly. The perimeter around the roof should also have a proper drainage system for water when it rains. If the home has openings (skylights or a chimney), they will be checked to verify there is no mold or debris.
There is a lot involved in the home inspection process to ensure the home you buy is a safe one. Contact Friendly Home Inspections to schedule a home inspection in Atlanta!
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