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During a home inspection, I will find numerous items that require attention. Many issues are very mild. Many are simply maintenance issues. However in some situations, I uncover bigger problems that you will want to know about. Although everything is fixable, your realtor needs to be aware of these issues so they can have conversations with the seller, or employ the services of of qualified contractors to determine in detail what repairs will be necessary. 

If you are searching for your next home, it is vital that you make the extra effort to see if the property you are considering will not have any surprises. Get an inspection.

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Roof Holes

Great curb appeal, but you can’t see holes in the roof from the curb.

Sellers often try to give their house a good first impression so you fall in love and offer to buy the home. It's my job to find what you do not see. No one will climb on a roof to see if there are problems — especially on two-story homes. Three 17 Inspections found that the roof on this home had some pretty glaring holes. Feel free to dream about your new home, but let us find those things that can crush your dreams.

Rusty Water

What’s In Your Water?

What's in your water? Too bad I can't have Samuel L. Jackson or Jennifer Garner ask this question, but when you are thinking of buying an older home, it's definitely worth having a discussion with your realtor about how to proceed when the house has galvanized water pipes. Three 17 Inspections found a tasty amount of rust flowing from each sink in this home. A thorough home inspection is worth the investment.

Duct Tape Electrical

Duct Tape, Not Just for Electrical Repairs Anymore

101 (horrible) uses for Duct Tape: Use #4, Electrical Repair. Electrical repairs are frequently incorrect. Three 17 Inspections found duct tape was used splice electrical wires. No. No. And another No. Duct tape is NOT electrically insulating and offers no protection against live currents. It is flammable and can degrade quickly. Three 17 Inspections found this little beauty resting in combustible material, not in a junction box, and since this house had both copper and aluminum wire, I can guarantee this was not a repair made by a licensed electrician.

Hot Wire

Unseen Electric Problems Can Be Big Fire Hazards

Buying a new construction home is always an exciting time. It's a place where you get to customize however you want. However, you will always want to have your home INDEPENDENTLY inspected. Three 17 Inspections found a foam sheet was used as a cover plate. Although this appears to be a simple and seemingly insignificant detail, these items matter to ensuring your new home is safe for you and your family.

Disconnected Truss

Four walls anda roof over your head — but prefer the roof not collapse.

Buying a new construction home is always an exciting time. It's a place where you get to customize however you want. However, you will always want to have your home INDEPENDENTLY inspected. Three 17 Inspections found a foam sheet was used as a cover plate. Although this appears to be a simple and seemingly insignificant detail, these items matter to ensuring your new home is safe for you and your family.

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Trying to repair A/C electrical issues yourself is a good way to burn down the house.

“Honey, I can fix the A/C myself!” This is a common reasoning for most guys who are either too confident at home repair or who don't want to pay an expert. When these situations occur, mistakes can create problems. If you are considering buying a home, you might be inheriting the results of those poor decisions.

Safety Pan

Safety pans help prevent damage,but only if the installationis complete.

In many homes, water heaters are installed in the attic, and a safety pan is installed to catch any water that may potentially spill from this device. However, that pan should ALSO have a drain pipe installed to carry that water away. Three 17 Inspections found this safety pan did not have the required plumbing installed meaning any water that may flow into the pan would simply spill onto the ceiling causing water damage to the home.

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The Use of Only ONE Nail Will Not Properly Support This Joist

When having your dream home built, it is always a good idea to see how things are being assembled BEFORE drywall is put in place. A common problem that is found by Three 17 Inspections is inadequate securing of Joist Hangers. These brackets keep structural components in place. When properly installed, joist hangers help prevent the wood from naturally twisting and moving. This helps ensure long term strength and rigidity.

Plumbing Vent

Do you need aPlumbing Vent, or an instant Roof Leak?

Are you excited about your new home? Protect your investment, and get an inspection. Three 17 Inspections found that not only did the plumbers install this vent pipe way too short, but the shingles were installed without a vent boot! Rainwater was already entering the roof of this brand new home. Home builders will always tell you they inspect their homes, but it's completely worth the effort to get your own inspector.

Melted Outlet

A thorough inspection will give you the story of the home.

Beautiful homes can be in amazing locations, and shopping for your dream home can be an exciting process. However, it's my job to look past the beauty so I can share valuable information to you and your realtor. Three 17 Inspections found this little gem after looking beneath an exterior outlet cover — that incidentally fell off.

Lint

How much dryer lint is built up inside your clothes dryer’s exhaust duct?

This is an image of dryer lint that was removed from a duct that was previously cleaned only one year earlier. When was the last time your dryer duct was cleaned? Dryer lint build-up can dramatically reduce the efficiency of your dryer. To add, an estimated 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year causing over $35 million in property loss according to the U.S. Fire Administration. When you purchase your next home, be sure to have your dryer exhaust duct cleaned and make it a regular part of your home maintenance routine.

Duct Tape Plumbing

Duct Tape, Not Just For Plumbing Repairs Anymore

101 (horrible) uses for Duct Tape: Use #2, Plumbing Repair. Thinking of buying a home? It's important to see if past repairs were made correctly. Although duct tape is a convenient tool, it is absolutely not designed to join two sections of different sized pipes. This may seem like common sense, but the proof is in the picture. Three 17 Inspections found a dishwasher drain line taped to the plumbing drain pipe.

DIY Electrical

Some Homeowners Think They Can Change Things Themselves.

Problem #1. Painter’s tape is not designed for household electrical use. Problem #2, taping the LIVE hot and neutral wires together is not smart. I could go on about this image found by Three 17 Inspections, but whether the reason was to save money or they didn't need a professional, it's important to know if the previous owners of the house you are about to purchase had made alterations to the house themselves.

Hot Service Conductor

Uncovering Dangerous Problems That Can Lead to House Fires

As an inspector, it is my job to uncover issues that might lead to expensive repairs or problems that could cause and your family harm. Although this market is still very competitive, it is essential to have your future house inspected — new or old. The image here focuses on the two primary wires that bring electricity into your home (referred to as Service Entrance Conductors). They can bring from 100 to 200 amps or more into your home, and if there are any electrical issues, that volume of electricity can lead to excess heat that can led to big trouble.

Duct Tape Roof Leak

Duct Tape, Not Just For Roof Leak Repairs Anymore

101 (horrible) uses for Duct Tape: Use #3, Roof Leak Repair. Many homeowners prefer to make home repairs themselves, and that is perfectly fine if one has the competency to properly make those repairs. Frequently, I find that home repairs are not always attempted with quality in mind. Three 17 Inspections found duct tape was used to help stop roof leaks in a few areas of an attic.

Foam Cover Plate

A Foam Sheet is NOT an Approved Cover Plate

Buying a new construction home is always an exciting time. It's a place where you get to customize however you want. However, you will always want to have your home INDEPENDENTLY inspected. Three 17 Inspections found a foam sheet was used as a cover plate. Although this appears to be a simple and seemingly insignificant detail, these items matter to ensuring your new home is safe for you and your family.

Vent Boot

Small leaks cancause BIG damage

When it rains, it pours — right into the home. Shingles are not the only item that can give you headaches. The rubber boots around the vent pipes can deteriorate over time leaving gaps not only for rain, but for any other freeloader that wants to call your attic home. ⛈🐀🐝 Three 17 Inspections found the vent pipes on this roof all had deteriorated rubber boots. If you are looking at purchasing a home, it is crucial to know what kind of hidden repairs you may have to deal with.

Missing Wall

The wallsshould alwaysbe completed.

Are you buying a new home? The exterior should always be completed before you move in. Sounds simple, but things can still get missed. Three 17 Inspections found this section of wall missing and exposed to the elements. Before you close, it is a good idea to hire your own inspector.

Broken Rafter

Crawlingfurther to find bigproblems

Three 17 Inspections found this broken rafter in a home for sale, but it took balance, determination, & agility to crawl from one side of an attic completely to the other side – all in a confined space that was over 100-degrees. This structural component could have easily fallen causing further structural damage, or worse, substantial injury to anyone beneath these components. When you hire a home inspector, make sure they have the physical capability and perseverance to do the job completely.

Chewed Ducts

Don’t Feed the Wildlife. Vermin can easily damage your home.

What's eating this? Actually, two problems exist — high heat☀️and vermin. 🐿🐀Together, they have destroyed the duct system in this home's attic. A/C systems will struggle to deliver enough cold air to cool the interior costing more in heating and cooling bills. 💸 Three 17 Inspections found all the ducts in this home were in this condition. What have you experienced dealing with wildlife in your home?

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Vermin chewing on wires can cause thousands of dollars worth of property damage to your home.

According to the CDC. Mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a nickel, and rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a half dollar. Once they are in, they can do considerable damage. When chewing on wires, the uninsulated wire can arc easily starting a fire. Three 17 Inspections found chewed wires in this home's attic. If you plan to buy a house, have it inspected for things that will cost a considerable amount for repair.

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Why do you need a home inspection?

A home inspection is still incredibly helpful because we are trained to notice things that most people simply are not aware of. As your inspector, I bring the necessary training and expertise to assess any problems I encounter. In addition, it’s easy to become attached to a home before you’ve committed to purchasing it. This makes it difficult to see hidden problems. That is why it’s advisable to have an inspector assess the condition of the home.

A home inspection doesn’t just save you money, it also helps to protect your family. Safety issues can arise from dangerous handyman work, outdated electrical systems, lead pipes, and more. We’ll check the home for potential safety issues such as fire hazards, electrical hazards, structural problems, and hazardous materials.

POPULAR QUESTIONS

An inspection typically takes between 4 and 5 hours, but could take more depending on the size of the home, how well the property was cared for, and the number of issues discovered. 

Some inspection services are done in one hour or less. Beware of any service that blazes through the inspection process. It is highly likely many crucial details will be missed, and those missed details can cost you big money and may even jeopardize your family’s safety. 

While your presence is not required, some people find it helpful to see the house with their own eyes — especially when problems may be connected. If you choose to meet me at the property, it is preferable to meet with me toward the end of the inspection. 

Absolutely. You’re more likely to speed up the sales process if the house has already been properly inspected. This gives you the opportunity to address any issues before listing the house for sale.

Major problems discovered during the inspection process may result in serious delays in selling your home. Being aware of these problems ahead of time will put you in a better position for a smooth transaction.