Home Inspection Class
Christy Kim
Redfin North Seattle Team
January 30th Seattle, WA

@Redfin
Facebook.com/Redfin
Christy Kim: North Seattle Agent
● Agent for 8 years
● Specialize in: First Time Home
Buyers, Condos, townhouses,
Single F...
Working with Redfin
A Little Bit About Who We Are
Redfin has refunded more than $100 Million to customers and
reaches $8 Billion in home sales...
Partners in the Process

SENIOR AGENT
Responsible for your success
Writes your offer
Handles negotiations

TOUR
COORDINATO...
Make Sure They’re a Good Fit

Click here
when you
decide
Your Redfin Credit
Introduction to the home
inspection process
Some Recent Findings…
Invisible Mortar
Furnace Exhaust
Goals of this Presentation
•
•
•
•
•
•
•

What is a home inspection?
What is NOT a home inspection?
Common Tools
How to Ch...
The Home Inspection is:
● A visual non-destructive inspection of readily accessible
areas of the home.
– Inspector will in...
The Home Inspection is NOT:
Home Warranty
Guarantee
Pass or fail
Substitute for real estate transfer disclosure (form 17)
...
Tools Used
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•

Flashlights
Probing Tools
Thermometers
Moisture Meters
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Combustible...
Choosing An Inspector
• You Get to Choose Your Inspector
• Criteria to Consider:
• Availability
• Recommendation from real...
Choosing An Inspector
Technically Educated ~
► 300+ hours book, onsite, classroom, and lab training @
Inspection Training ...
Choosing An Inspector
• Redfin Open Book
Choosing An Inspector
Exteriors
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•

Lot Slope and Drainage
Siding Condition
Windows and Doors
Driveways and Walkways
Decks and Pati...
Vegetation Contact
Weathering
Garages
• Proper Fire Barrier
• Self Closing Interior Door
• No Penetrations in Interior Walls or Ceilings
• Operation of ...
Structure
•
•
•
•

Foundation
Roof and Attic
Crawl Space or Basement and Sub Flooring
Interior Evidence of Structural Move...
Foundation Cracking
Supporting Members
Roofing
• Roofing Materials and Condition
• Estimated Age and Remaining Life
• Flashing around Vents, Chimneys and Walls
•...
Roof Age
Flashing
Clogged Gutters
Faulty Downspouts
BREAK TIME!
Interiors
•
•
•
•
•

Wall, Ceiling and Floor Finishes
Window and Doors
Stairways
Fireplaces
Safety
• Emergency Egress
• Ca...
Heating and Cooling
•
•
•
•
•
•
•

Heating System Type and Condition
System Age and Remaining Lifespan
Combustion Air and ...
Insulation and Ventilation
• Insulation Type
and Level
• Adequacy
• Vent Fans
Terminations
• Moisture
Barriers
• Rodent Ac...
Insulation and Ventilation
Is insulation sufficient?

Vermiculite and
asbestos considerations
Advantages of Thermal Imaging
Plumbing
• Plumbing Materials for Supply and Waste
• Leakage
• Water Heater Age and Condition
• Seismic Safety
• Water Mai...
Supply Piping (It’s in your walls)

Galvanized

Kitec

Polybutylene
Electrical
• Size and Location of
Service Drop
• Main Electrical Panel
(Recalled Panels)
• Breakers and
Connections
• Seco...
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters
Double Taps
Ungrounded Systems
Appliances
•
•
•
•
•

Type
Operability
Safety
Recalls
Laundry Connections
End of Inspection
• Summary
– Verbal discussion of the major items
– Opportunity for questions

• Payment
• Full Report em...
The Inspection Report
• Report
– Why so many pages? See the summary.
– Turnaround: Same Day, Next Day, Few Days
– Formats:...
The Inspection Report
• Review Report with Your Agent
• Items You Would Like Seller to have Fixed by
licensed professional...
All Done!
After Class…
Please fill out the survey that was handed out at the
beginning of class. We appreciate the feedback!
Check o...
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  • Redfin's Free Inspection Class Seattle, WA 1.30.14

    1. 1. Home Inspection Class Christy Kim Redfin North Seattle Team January 30th Seattle, WA @Redfin Facebook.com/Redfin
    2. 2. Christy Kim: North Seattle Agent ● Agent for 8 years ● Specialize in: First Time Home Buyers, Condos, townhouses, Single Family and investment properties. ● Services: Cedar Park Shoreline Greenwood Lake Forest Park North Seattle Victory Heights Matthews Beach View Ridge ● Lives in North Seattle
    3. 3. Working with Redfin
    4. 4. A Little Bit About Who We Are Redfin has refunded more than $100 Million to customers and reaches $8 Billion in home sales; 97% would refer us to a friend. ● Customers, not commissions ● Informed decisions ● Right home for the right price  No obligation  Commission credit
    5. 5. Partners in the Process SENIOR AGENT Responsible for your success Writes your offer Handles negotiations TOUR COORDINATOR Schedules tours Prepares paperwork Kyle Swisher TRANSACTION COORDINATOR Prepares paperwork Works with escrow ASSOCIATE AGENT Takes you to see homes Sees 50+ homes a week
    6. 6. Make Sure They’re a Good Fit Click here when you decide
    7. 7. Your Redfin Credit
    8. 8. Introduction to the home inspection process
    9. 9. Some Recent Findings…
    10. 10. Invisible Mortar
    11. 11. Furnace Exhaust
    12. 12. Goals of this Presentation • • • • • • • What is a home inspection? What is NOT a home inspection? Common Tools How to Choose an Inspector Scope and Process of the Inspection Report Samples Resource for Questions
    13. 13. The Home Inspection is: ● A visual non-destructive inspection of readily accessible areas of the home. – Inspector will inspect (if applicable): the roof, attic, crawlspace, exterior elements including siding, windows, doors, Kitchen appliances, furnace, water heater, bathrooms, plumbing, electrical panel, branch electrical/ fixtures etc. – Pre-Inspections Vs. Full Inspections. – Sewer Scopes
    14. 14. The Home Inspection is NOT: Home Warranty Guarantee Pass or fail Substitute for real estate transfer disclosure (form 17) Building code inspection Geological stability tests Building value appraisal or cost estimates Invasive- X-ray vision is not provided
    15. 15. Tools Used • • • • • • • • • Flashlights Probing Tools Thermometers Moisture Meters Carbon Monoxide Detectors Combustible Gas Detectors Digital Cameras Infrared Cameras Training and Experience
    16. 16. Choosing An Inspector • You Get to Choose Your Inspector • Criteria to Consider: • Availability • Recommendation from realtor • Sample Report • Reviews • Cost
    17. 17. Choosing An Inspector Technically Educated ~ ► 300+ hours book, onsite, classroom, and lab training @ Inspection Training and Associates Report based on National Standards ~ ► Adherence to Washington State Inspection Standards national inspection standards (ASHI, NACHI, NAHI, etc) ► Timely report delivery ~ ► Report is computer generated with photos delivered via email/onsite ► Report summarized and easy to read. Major Concerns, Safety Hazards, Inquire with Seller,
    18. 18. Choosing An Inspector • Redfin Open Book
    19. 19. Choosing An Inspector
    20. 20. Exteriors • • • • • • • • Lot Slope and Drainage Siding Condition Windows and Doors Driveways and Walkways Decks and Patios Fencing Retaining Walls Detached Buildings
    21. 21. Vegetation Contact
    22. 22. Weathering
    23. 23. Garages • Proper Fire Barrier • Self Closing Interior Door • No Penetrations in Interior Walls or Ceilings • Operation of Overhead Doors • Safety Beams • Tension Reverse
    24. 24. Structure • • • • Foundation Roof and Attic Crawl Space or Basement and Sub Flooring Interior Evidence of Structural Movement • Doors and Windows Sticking • Diagonal Cracking in Drywall • Sloping Floors
    25. 25. Foundation Cracking
    26. 26. Supporting Members
    27. 27. Roofing • Roofing Materials and Condition • Estimated Age and Remaining Life • Flashing around Vents, Chimneys and Walls • Gutters • Downspouts • Skylights • Chimneys
    28. 28. Roof Age
    29. 29. Flashing
    30. 30. Clogged Gutters
    31. 31. Faulty Downspouts
    32. 32. BREAK TIME!
    33. 33. Interiors • • • • • Wall, Ceiling and Floor Finishes Window and Doors Stairways Fireplaces Safety • Emergency Egress • Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors
    34. 34. Heating and Cooling • • • • • • • Heating System Type and Condition System Age and Remaining Lifespan Combustion Air and Venting Distribution throughout Home Air Conditioning Systems Underground Oil Tanks Recalled heating units New construction high efficiency heating techniques
    35. 35. Insulation and Ventilation • Insulation Type and Level • Adequacy • Vent Fans Terminations • Moisture Barriers • Rodent Activity • Organic Growth
    36. 36. Insulation and Ventilation Is insulation sufficient? Vermiculite and asbestos considerations
    37. 37. Advantages of Thermal Imaging
    38. 38. Plumbing • Plumbing Materials for Supply and Waste • Leakage • Water Heater Age and Condition • Seismic Safety • Water Main and Gas Shutoffs • Possible Sewer Line Scoping
    39. 39. Supply Piping (It’s in your walls) Galvanized Kitec Polybutylene
    40. 40. Electrical • Size and Location of Service Drop • Main Electrical Panel (Recalled Panels) • Breakers and Connections • Secondary Panels • Branch Wiring • Outlets and Fixtures • Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters
    41. 41. Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters
    42. 42. Double Taps
    43. 43. Ungrounded Systems
    44. 44. Appliances • • • • • Type Operability Safety Recalls Laundry Connections
    45. 45. End of Inspection • Summary – Verbal discussion of the major items – Opportunity for questions • Payment • Full Report emailed by the next morning
    46. 46. The Inspection Report • Report – Why so many pages? See the summary. – Turnaround: Same Day, Next Day, Few Days – Formats: Checklist, Narrative, Pictures – Delivery: Hard Copy, Email, Online Download • Recommendations – Major Concerns – Safety Issues – Repair Items (Professional or Homeowner) – Improvements – Maintenance
    47. 47. The Inspection Report • Review Report with Your Agent • Items You Would Like Seller to have Fixed by licensed professionals. (Recommendations in the report should be followed). • Items You Will Fix • Recommending Contractors • Follow up with your Inspector for questions after the inspection
    48. 48. All Done!
    49. 49. After Class… Please fill out the survey that was handed out at the beginning of class. We appreciate the feedback! Check out our upcoming classes and events at: www.redfin.com/events Questions? Get in touch: Christy Kim christy.kim@redfin.com

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