Home Inspection: Structural Defects You Must Not Ignore

Congrats! You are ready to buy your first home. Although you haven’t found it yet, in your mind, it’s perfect! May be used or un-used, buying home is always a dream and a homebuyer wants his home to reflect his persona. Buying a used home could add up to big savings and allow you to get a bigger piece of the dream than a brand new one. So it’s extremely important now to invest wisely and to keep few things in mind while buying used property as it might have few structural defects which can’t be ignored. There are a few things to check before finally moving in, especially related to the structure of the building.

Home Inspection: Structural Defects You Must Not Ignore

Home Inspection: Structural Defects You Must Not Ignore

Let us talk about these in some detail –

1. Check Runaway rainwater

A great philosopher truly said, “If there are 15 things that can go wrong with a house, 10 of them have to do with water”. Downspouts, Gutters, and leader pipes collect rainwater and pass it away from the house. In humid and wet regions, leaders should extend at least 5 feet from the house. Check the entire gutter system seasonally for proper pitch, corrosion, for clogs, broken fasteners, and separation between connections and where gutters meet the fascia board.

2. Inspect Roof and siding

Roofs are the most prone to water infiltration. On a bright sunny day, use binoculars to spot cracked, curled, or missing shingles, which indicate that the roof is near to its end of life. Also check flashing around skylights, chimneys and roof valleys, and the rubber boots around vents for cracks. Similarly check for dampness on roof and side walls in case of apartments.

3. Signs of Pest infestations

Termites cause big losses, once they infiltrate a home, they can bore through the structure in a few short years. Few dangerous termites have been known to rip through studs and floorboards in a matter of few months. To inspect termites, probe the sill plate (also called a mudsill) that sits at the top of the foundation with a screwdriver to check for rotted wood. To check for carpenter ants, look for piles of sawdust along baseboards. Regular termites also shed wings along windowsills, walls, and other entry points.

4. Cracks on Walls

One must check cracks at upper corners of windows and doors. Also beware of mushrooms or fungus growing out of siding due to cracks and moisture inside cracks.

These are few simple measures which should be taken care of while buying any used property and can make your home-hunt simpler and faster.

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