Don’t you hate it when it rains inside the house? It brings a new meaning to the saying when it rains it pours. It’s not a good situation. Of course this normally doesn’t happen but if it happens perhaps it’s time to check the state of your house with a thorough home inspection. And if you are buying a house you certainly don’t want to move into a house and find out later that there are issues with the roof.
For the unfortunate, they can probably relate to the situation where pails and buckets have to be set beside leaky ceilings and even dangerously wet sockets and receptacles. This can happen whether your place is old or new. An improperly installed roof can have problems quickly. And in older residences, leaves fill up the gutters and everything becomes clogged to the extent that no one is spared from the onslaught of the downpour. These issues however, can be assessed and possibly even prevented through a home inspection.
This is actually a visual examination of the premises. The inspection is thorough in that the inspector scours through the house from top to bottom. In many areas, you have the choice of hiring between select individuals and agencies which specialize in the task or have it listed as part of their services offered. As much as possible you should utilize the best choices by hiring accredited professionals for the task. A home inspection is a service that should be handled by a qualified and trained professional.
The rigors in the process of selection don’t stop there. Almost no home is going to be perfect, even a new home or recently built construction. A home never passes or fails an inspection. It’s a report on the current condition and issues of a home, to help inform the buyer or seller or to assist a home owner.
A home inspector does inspect a wide variety of things.
For example, the exterior of the housing would be assessed. This covers a wide range of items from sidewalks, windows, foundations, clogged gutters, and of course the roof. Aside from the exterior, interior systems are even more complex and mind boggling. The number of issues and dangers a home inspection could reveal about the placement of sockets and wiring is astounding. The installation and functioning of the plumbing and drainage can easily be ascertained by qualified professionals.
Most importantly, a thorough examination deals with the roof and the attic. This includes framing, quality of materials, the manner of construction, ventilation, flashing and gutter. A home inspection does not normally include a guarantee of roof condition or roof certification. However this does not at all preclude the possibility of having the roof and gutter scrutinized for quality control.
All the faults found by the inspector will be included in an inspection report provided to you. Danger levels and observations are carefully noted and annotated for you to understand. Your report will also include pictures to document the findings. It’s not good practice for the home inspector to give you recommendations. Truly there is much to learn from a good home inspection. Home inspectors provide whole-house inspections or often-times they can provide a specific inspection such as a roof inspection.