Home Inspection Webinar July 19, 2012 Landon Nash Redfin’s San Francisco Team
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Inspection Services• The exterior of the Home and the Inside should be evaluated equally.
Lots and Grounds• Issues with lots and grounds can cause many issues.• Grade issues can cause structural damage to a home due to poor grade or poor sloping.• Trees or bushes can cause damage from the roots to the limbs.
Lots and Grounds The lot and grounds of a home is very important. These are some of the most important items that should be documented on your property. • Grade • Driveway • Patio • Walks • Steps • Porches • Decks • Balconies • Trees and bushes • Window Wells • Fences • Surface Drains • Lawn Sprinklers
Exterior Surfaces & Components• The Exterior Surfaces portion of the inspection should document in detail the areas below• The buildings exterior surface and its condition. Including all trim, doors, windows.• Door bells• Exterior lighting• Exterior outlets• Hose bibs• Gas meter and shut off
Roofing Systems• Roof style, materiel, condition, age and location• Flashing material• Valleys• Skylights• Gutters, downspouts and leader material• Plumbing vent• Chimney material and location
Roofing systems• Skylights can leak if not properly installed• Inspect from the inside thermal imaging and moisture scanners• 2 Types of materials used on skylights: • Plastic windows • Insulated glass• Insulated does not allow condensation
Attic Components• The roofs framing and sheathing• The insulation type and depth• Attic ventilation• Attic fans and house fans• Wiring• Bathroom fans should pass through the attic to the exterior
Attic• Insulation type and depth should be inspected• Condition should be determined• Proper depth of insulation is generally 10” – 16”• If pest entry occurs may need to remove all insulation
Garage• Type of structure, Detached or attached• Exterior material and condition• Service door, overhead door, opener• Electrical outlets and lighting• Condition of the slab• Roof and gutter system
Bathrooms• Bathroom walls, ceilings and floors can give you ideas if water was an issues. If a ceiling of a bathroom has water marking or staining then there may be a possible leak from the bathroom above the ceiling.• This particular home had a leaking overflow in the bathroom tub above this ceiling.
Garage• Bathroom walls, ceilings and floors can give you ideas if water was an issues• Bath ceiling with water mark could indicate leak from above
GFCI Outlets• Areas where water and electric could meet should have GFCI outlets, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, such as bathrooms, kitchens or garages.
Fireplaces• Fireplace construction will be prefab, brick or stone.• Gas leaks on gas log sets• Flue condition should be documented• Damper location and condition
Bedrooms• Walls• Floors• Windows• Smoke detectors• Test for water issues with moisture meter and thermal imager
Kitchen• Appliances that will require testing. Identifying if on recall lists.• Electric outlets in kitchens should be GFCI type outlets.• Inspect Plumbing components to assure there are no issues with traps or faucets.• Cabinet installation and• Countertop installation
Electrical Services• Test outlets and wire condition• In the electrical breaker box look for• Breaker to wire connections should be sized properly• Multiple connections on a breaker• Overheated breakers• Open areas in breaker box• Frayed wiring or fuse panels
Electrical Services• Example of an over- heated breaker due to double-tap
Structural Inspections• There are areas of concern that can be seen from the exterior of the home to the basement.• Structural type, brick or wood frame?• Beam and post materiel should be documented• Joist or trusses should be sized• Slab condition and location
Basement Inspections• Some pumps need to be inspected properly because they are one of the main reasons basements get water. Ejector pumps need to be tested also .
Plumbing• Service line material and condition• Water main location• Water piping material, condition, water pressure and volume• Galvanized water piping versus copper• Waste and vent piping material and condition• Service access will need to be located and documented• Gas leaks• Water heater age, condition, type
Plumbing• Service access for your sewer for issues with blocked-sewer repairs
PlumbingWater heaters will need to be checked for• Gas leaks• Water piping leaks• T & P Pressure valve and piping• Leaking tanks• Insufficient heating
Laundry RoomInsect laundry room for• Dryer gas piping for leaks• Electric outlets require GFCI outlets• Laundry tub and drainage system for the washer• Flood pans for washers in 2nd floor areas
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