Inspection Webinar - Boston - May 23, 2012

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Inspection Webinar - Boston - May 23, 2012

  1. 1. To Buy or Not to BuySlide 1 of 33
  2. 2. Why You Should Buy a Home ● You have a family and need room to grow ● You expect to stay put for 5 or more years ● You’re handy & and ready to invest ● You’ve saved up a down paymentSlide 2 of 33
  3. 3. Why You Shouldn’t Buy a Home ● You don’t have a good reason like family or schools ● You can’t afford a the down payment ● You can rent for much less ● You plan on moving soon ● You’re worried about job securitySlide 3 of 33
  4. 4. Searching for a HomeSlide 4 of 33
  5. 5. Benefits of a MLS Powered Site ● All the homes for sale: 30% more listings ● You see what the agent sees: 4x the data ● Real-time market data: photos, details of just-sold homesSlide 5 of 33
  6. 6. Make Sure She’s a Good Fit Click here when you decide See all deals & reviewsSlide 6 of 33
  7. 7. How Our Team Works AGENT Responsible for your success Writes your offer Handles negotiations YOU COORDINATOR FIELD AGENT Schedules tours Takes you to see homes Prepares paperwork See 50+ homes a week Works with escrowSlide 7 of 33
  8. 8. InspectionsSlide 8 of 33
  9. 9. Inspection Services• The exterior of the Home and the Inside should be evaluated equally.Slide 9 of 33
  10. 10. 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.Slide 10 of 33
  11. 11. 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 SprinklersSlide 11 of 33
  12. 12. 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 offSlide 12 of 33
  13. 13. Roofing Systems• Roof style, materiel, condition, age and location• Flashing material• Valleys• Skylights• Gutters, downspouts and leader material• Plumbing vent• Chimney material and locationSlide 13 of 33
  14. 14. 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 condensationSlide 14 of 33
  15. 15. 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 exteriorSlide 15 of 33
  16. 16. 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 insulationSlide 16 of 33
  17. 17. 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 systemSlide 17 of 33
  18. 18. Garage • Bathroom walls, ceilings and floors can give you ideas if water was an issues • Bath ceiling with water mark could indicate leak from aboveSlide 18 of 33
  19. 19. 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.Slide 19 of 33
  20. 20. GFCI Outlets • Areas where water and electric could meet should have GFCI outlets, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, such as bathrooms, kitchens or garages.Slide 20 of 33
  21. 21. Fireplaces • Fireplace construction will be prefab, brick or stone. • Gas leaks on gas log sets • Flue condition should be documented • Damper location and conditionSlide 21 of 33
  22. 22. Bedrooms • Walls • Floors • Windows • Smoke detectors • Test for water issues with moisture meter and thermal imagerSlide 22 of 33
  23. 23. 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 Slide 23 of 33
  24. 24. 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 Slide 24 of 33
  25. 25. Electrical Services • Example of an over- heated breaker due to double-tapSlide 25 of 33
  26. 26. 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 locationSlide 26 of 33
  27. 27. 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 .Slide 27 of 33
  28. 28. 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 Slide 28 of 33
  29. 29. Plumbing • Service access for your sewer for issues with blocked-sewer repairsSlide 29 of 33
  30. 30. Plumbing Water heaters will need to be checked for • Gas leaks • Water piping leaks • T & P Pressure valve and piping • Leaking tanks • Insufficient heatingSlide 30 of 33
  31. 31. Laundry Room Insect 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 areasSlide 31 of 33
  32. 32. Crawl Space Inspect for: • Moisture barrier • Vapor barrier • Ventilation • Sump pumps • Insulation • Electrical • MoldSlide 32 of 33
  33. 33. Thanks for attending!Slide 33 of 33

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