About the House: Inheritance and Unexpected Consequences

About the House: Inheritance and Unexpected Consequences

Unexpected consequences can be frustrating, or funny, or expensive.

Take a few minutes and watch YouTube videos of people caught in an action they hadn’t foreseen and you will have a good laugh. There are all sorts of inebriated folks at wedding receptions who try to dance on a table and end up on the floor; adolescent boys jumping bikes over rickety ramps; and all sorts of clever weekend warriors with chainsaws and ladders just asking to get hurt.

One place most people don’t know what to expect is where inheritances are concerned. I’m not saying folks don’t have expectations, I’m sure many do. But many times I’ve seen how reality catches people off-guard. I’ve heard it said several times that if they knew what was going to ensue, they would have said no from the start.

Unexpected problems can turn up even when you know you are in line to inherit property, especially if there is a house involved. I’ve done inspections of houses that were, essentially, dozer-bait. In one house, conditions were such that repair cost would nearly exceed the value. But person A didn’t want person B to get unfair advantage in the settlement. One house probably would sell for what attorneys were getting to settle the matter.

Another time unexpected things arise is when someone wants what another has and offers a trade of inherited property. “How about you take that parcel next to your place and I’ll take the hunting cabin up north?” While making one’s year-round homestead larger sound enticing, if there is an old house involved, the cost of tearing it down might exceed the value of the land being added.

This can be greatly exaggerated in old houses with plaster walls and ceilings that contain asbestos. Asbestos can show up in attics and walls as insulation. Vermiculite insulation, which often was poured into hollow balloon-framed walls and on the attic floor, is especially expensive to abate. Even fiberglass batts can contain asbestos. Many types of flooring from sheet goods to 9-by-9-inch and 12-by-12-inch floor tile may have asbestos. This does not include water pipe and heat duct insulations.

Before agreeing to take on an inherited house, get an attorney and perform your due diligence About the House.

Source: American Society of Home Inspectors; written by Rob Kinsey and originally published in the Sturgis Journal

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A Closer Look: Advice to Prepare Your House for Winter

A Closer Look: Advice to Prepare Your House for Winter

When it comes to home maintenance, homeowners typically perform different tasks depending on the season.

The winter is usually reserved for those indoor chores such as painting/redecorating, minor repairs/replacement and renovations.

Spring is the time to assess winter damage, start repairs and prepare for warmer months.

Over the summer, there are a number of indoor and outdoor maintenance tasks to look after, such as repairing walkways and steps, painting and checking your chimney and roof and with fall just about here, now’s the time to get your home ready for the coming winter, which can be the most grueling season for your home.

Here’s a list of some of the more common fall maintenance activities. If you do not feel comfortable performing some of the tasks listed below, or do not have the necessary equipment, for example a ladder, you may want to consider hiring a qualified person.

Have furnace or heating system serviced by a qualified service company every two years for a gas furnace, and every year for an oil furnace, or as recommended by the manufacturer.

For central air conditioning units, if you have a winter cover, use it or place a piece of plywood on top of the unit and either tie or weight it down so it will not blow off in the wind. Putting something over the top of the exterior unit will help prevent damage to the fan blades and cooling fins. In addition, make sure you turn the power off to the unit by either shutting off the breakers or remove the fuses as this will prevent accidental use of the unit while it is covered. Running the central air in cold weather or while it is covered can cause major damage to the unit.

If you have a natural draft boiler or hot water heating system it must be checked once a year by a qualified heating contractor to ensure it is venting properly

Have well water tested for quality. It is recommended that you test for bacteria every six months.

Drain and store outdoor hoses. Close interior valve to outdoor hose connection and drain the hose bib (exterior faucet), unless your house has frost-proof hose bibs.

Clean leaves from eaves troughs and roof, and test downspouts to ensure proper drainage from the roof.

Ensure the ground around your home slopes away from the foundation wall, so that water does not drain into your basement.

Check for cracked, loose or missing caulking around windows and doors, and if needed replace it.

Have chimneys inspected by a WETT Certified Chimney Sweep.

If there is a door between your house and the garage, check the adjustment of the self-closing device to ensure it closes the door completely.

Ensure windows and doors close tightly; repair or replace weather-stripping, as needed.

Replace window screens with storm windows if applicable.

Clean furnace mounted humidifier, if one is used.

Check smoke, carbon monoxide and security alarms, and replace batteries.

Check to see that bathroom exhaust fans and range hoods are operating properly. If possible, confirm that you are getting good airflow by observing the outside vent hood (the exterior damper should be held open by the airflow).

Replace or clean furnace air filter according to manufactured recommendations. If you have central air, this filter will need to be changed at regular intervals through out the year.

Remove grilles on forced-air systems and vacuum inside ducts.

There’s no question, inspecting the above areas of your home this fall plus performing regular maintenance in other areas on a regular basis throughout the year, will help to protect your home from unexpected damage or costly repairs caused from neglect.

Regardless of the season, when it comes to home maintenance both inside and out, it is important to follow routine maintenance procedures, by checking your home carefully for any problems that may arise and taking corrective action as soon as possible.

Source: American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI); written by Rob Parker.

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Prep Your Home for Winter With These 16 Low-Cost Tricks

Prep Your Home for Winter With These 16 Low-Cost Tricks

Using these tips to fix gaps, cracks and inefficiencies will make your home cozier and more affordable in cold weather.

Heating costs can throw a wrench into your winter budget — and the cold can make you cranky. But you can limit the discomfort by addressing the gaps, cracks and waste that drive up fuel costs. Such fixes are available at a lower price than you might imagine.

Run through this checklist of fixes to make your house cozier and your heating more affordable this year.

1. Install weatherstripping
Check your home’s exterior doors for cold air leaks. Do this from inside the house. The high-tech approach is to use a laser infrared thermal gun to detect cold drafts. The low-tech way is to move a lit candle around the door frame; the flame will blow toward you when there is a draft.

Seal a drafty door by installing foam or felt weatherstripping inside the door frame. Ask at your hardware store for the correct products and installation instructions.

Cost: $10 to $20 per package for most standard products.

2. Install a door sweep
Use a door sweep to stop drafts from entering your home under an exterior door. A sweep is a flexible piece of rubber or plastic that’s held to the door’s lower edge by a strip of aluminum.

Cost: $5 to $35.

3. Seal attic air leaks
Find and seal gaps that could be allowing as much as 30 percent of your heated or cooled air to leak outdoors. These leaks can add up to $300 a year to heating and cooling costs.

Pull back attic insulation to find and seal cutouts in drywall for electrical fixtures, pipes, fans and outlets. Also check wiring, chimneys, flues, vent stacks and ducts, and seal them on the inside. Use caulk to fill smaller gaps and pressurized expanding foam for bigger openings.

Cost: Caulk costs about $2 to $3 per tube. Expanding polyurethane foam runs less than $5 for a 12-ounce can.

4. Close the damper
Heated or cooled air flies up the chimney when you leave the fireplace damper open. Make it a habit to shut the flue after the fireplace has cooled.

Cost: $0

5. Add attic insulation
Insulation keeps warm air inside in the winter and expensively cooled air inside in the summer.

“Typically, houses in warm-weather states should have an R-38 insulation in the attic, whereas houses in cold climates should have R-49,” says This Old House, explaining how to install batting-type insulation.

Insulating an attic, basement or crawl space is moderately difficult, and beginners should hire a professional. If you do, ask if you can perform parts of the job to reduce the cost.
Admittedly, insulating is not a cheap job. But the payback can be huge, and you may find rebates and financial incentives.

Cost: Prices vary, depending on factors such as insulation type, local labor costs and size of the attic.

6. Install a programmable thermostat
A programmable thermostat can save up to $180 a year on fuel costs, according to EnergyStar. The thermostat can save fuel by automatically lowering (or raising) your home’s temperature while you’re away. It also keeps temperatures consistent, saving fuel.

Do not use a programmable thermostat with a heat pump unless the thermostat is meant for use with heat pumps.

Cost:
• Wi-Fi-enabled “learning” thermostats are expensive — $250 and up.
• Simpler programmable thermostats start at about $70.

7. Set the temperature manually — and leave it
You can enjoy fuel savings for free simply by setting your thermostat to one temperature in the morning, another at night and otherwise leaving the thermostat alone. If you’re chilly, put on a sweater and warm socks instead of raising the heat.

Cost: $0.

8. Seal furnace ducts
Heating ducts typically waste 20 to 30 percent of the heated air they carry, losing it to leaks and poor conduction, says EnergyStar. Leaky heat ducts mean higher utility bills and a house that’s harder to keep warm.
Appliances like water heaters and furnaces can cause the buildup of dangerous gases like carbon monoxide through a process called backdrafting, according to EnergyStar. Sealing leaks can reduce this risk, but before you start the job ask a heating contractor if you need to have a combustion safety test done first.

You won’t be able to reach all of the ducts — some are hidden in walls, ceilings and floors. But you can improve performance by sealing exposed ducts in the attic, crawl space, unfinished basement and garage.
Focus on the places where ducts, vents and registers meet floors, walls and ceilings. Use mastic sealant or metal tape, which are more durable than duct tape, to seal the seams and connections.

Cost: Cheap. A 10-foot roll of 3M rubber mastic tape costs $12 or less.

9. Replace furnace filters monthly
Dirty furnace filters reduce furnace efficiency and push up heating bills. They also shorten the life of a furnace.

Check and replace the furnace filter monthly in winter or every three months while the system is in operation. Your owner’s manual will tell you where it’s located. Hold the filter up to the light: If you can’t see light through it, you need a new one.

Pleated filters work best because they trap more dirt particles.

Cost: Prices vary. Angie’s List says filters cost:
• $1 each for flat fiberglass
• $10 each for pleated and polyester
• $25 each for high-efficiency varieties

10. Keep your furnace running smoothly
Servicing your furnace regularly helps you catch problems before expensive breakdowns, prolong the furnace’s life and keep it running more efficiently.

Newer furnaces need professional servicing every two years. Older units require annual servicing.

Check your furnace’s manual to see which specific steps are recommended. Ask friends and colleagues for names of good technicians. Find one or two you trust and stick with them.

Cost: This is not a DIY job. You’ll pay $80 to $150, says home inspector and Zillow blogger Reuben Saltzman.

11. Insulate the hot water heater
Save on fuel by wrapping older water heaters in a blanket of insulation, an easy DIY project that even a beginner can do. Your utility company has instructions. When insulating a gas or propane water heater, do not cover the burner access.

Do not insulate:
• Pre-insulated water heaters. These are newer units with factory installed insulation of R-16 or better (check the manufacturer’s label) under the metal shell.
• Water heaters located where the added heat is welcome.
• Water heaters whose manual or paperwork warns against insulating.
• Tankless (on-demand) water heaters.

Cost: $20 to $30. Or possibly free: Ask your utility company for any rebates, discounts or freebies. Some utilities offer free insulation and may even install it.

12. Lower the hot water temperature
Hot water heaters typically are set at 140 degrees. Lower the temperature on yours to 120 for fuel savings. You’ll reduce the chance of accidental burns, and the water still will be plenty hot for bathing, washing clothes and doing dishes.

Cost: $0.

13. Plug household leaks
Grab a tube of caulk, a can of spray foam gap-sealer, a pencil and notepad. Tour your home, inside and out, including the basement, to find and fill cracks and gaps in siding, windows and foundation. Note locations of problems you can’t fix right away.

Use caulk for small cracks and the foam sealer for bigger gaps. Inside the home use a candle flame or digital thermometer to find where cold air is entering. Pay attention to door frames, windows, skylights, chimneys and vents. Also check openings around appliance vents, electrical and plumbing fixtures and furnace ducts and check the top of basement walls where the foundation meets wood.

Cost: Caulk costs $2 to $3 per tube or less. Expanding polyurethane foam costs under $5 for a 12-ounce can.

14. Insulate hot-water pipes
Insulate the hot-water pipes in your basement or crawl space by snapping foam sleeves on them. You’ll find pre-slit, hollow-core, flexible foam pipe insulation at hardware stores. Make a note of your pipes’ diameters and lengths, and bring the measurements when you shop.

Exposed pipes waste heat by cooling the water as it runs through them. Be sure to include pipes between the hot-water tank and wall. Also insulate cold-water pipes for the first 3 feet after they enter the house.
Cost: Prices and products vary, but a 6-foot piece of half-inch foam insulation can be found for $2 to $3.

15. Set ceiling fan blades for winter
Set fan blades to move clockwise in winter, and run fans slowly. The idea is to lift cool air to the ceiling and push heated air down where you can enjoy it. Some fans have a remote control or remote switch. Otherwise, use a ladder and manually adjust the small toggle switch on the fan body. Now set the thermostat a notch lower and enjoy the warmth.

Cost: $0.

16. Use your window coverings
It’s surprising how much insulation curtains, drapes, shades and even mini blinds can provide.

Draw window coverings at night and when you’re away to conserve heat in the home. In hot weather, draw window coverings in the morning to keep the house cool, saving money on air conditioning.

Cost: $0.

Source: American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI); written by Marilyn Lewis
and originally published in MoneyTalksNews.com

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13 Ridiculous Home Improvement Fails That Will Make You Cringe

13 Ridiculous Home Improvement Fails That Will Make You Cringe

 

Everyone loves saving money, but not all DIY projects are a savings in the end, as these homeowners found out the hard way.

Renovations are stressful, especially when you have to re-do DIY projects because of mistakes. In the rooftop vent photo, the owner had expanded and remodeled their kitchen, removing an old wood stove Their mistake, according to explains Brian Fish, owner of WIN Home Inspection Mount Vernon, who had to fix the mess: “They opted to run the new exhaust for the range up through the existing vent cap from the wood stove and then attach it to the box vent and screw it to the old stove vent cap. Needless to say the new range vent was not secure or properly installed and so it was prone to leaks.” These are the secrets contractors wish all first-time homeowners knew.

Crawl space Jenga

“The homeowner, who was trying to stabilize the support beam under the house, tried to fit multiple shims in place,” says Fish. “It would be a better and safer alternative to remove the shims and use one of the larger 4×4 pieces of lumber trimmed to install one solid post for stability as opposed to five or six.”

Don’t cover me up

Partially blocked vents and registers waste energy and money. “The home flipper laid new vinyl flooring in the bathroom, over the floor vent, which would prevent any hot or cold air from making its way into the room,” explains Matthew Steger, ASHI certified inspector and owner of WIN Home Inspection in Lancaster, PA. “It was apparent he wasn’t concerned if the bathroom was heated or not.” These are the sneaky ways your home is draining your bank account.

Waterproofing cave-in

A basement can be a welcome retreat in hot summer months, but if you need to waterproof it first, you may want to get the pros involved. This homeowner started out with good intentions but couldn’t quite get the job done. “Fortunately, no one was hurt and RCC was able to shore up the trench and waterproof the basement of the home,” says Jamie Hallett, RCC Waterproofing Consultant. These are the vital tasks homeowners shouldn’t skip.

Toilet trouble

I guess when you have to go it doesn’t really matter if the toilet is slightly askew. “This DIY-er tried to do the plumbing themselves and mistakenly installed the bottom bracket crooked. Now they’re stuck with a crooked toilet!” says Jesse Fowler, President of Tellus Build.

Duct trail

Exposed beams and vents are cool if you have a loft, but this duct DIY project didn’t quite make the Top 10 Kitchen Design Tips list. “These condo owners had decided to vent the range hood themselves. Rather than cutting the ceiling and running the duct through the ceiling, they took the easier route and ran it above the kitchen cabinets,” says James Brock, of Boston Home Inspections. It’s not necessarily dangerous, but this is probably not a desirable focal point if the homeowner ever wants to sell the house. These are the upgrades that make your home look more expensive.

Seat slam

“Measure twice, cut once” is a mantra every carpenter lives by, especially when doing a bathroom makeover. “Dozens of factors need to be taken into account when performing a renovation project, everything from the light switch location to the door swing,” says Brock. “Many times even on new construction I find light switches behind the door.”

Patchwork renovations

There are a few tried-and-true design tricks for pretty curb appeal but this DIY project isn’t one of them. And frankly, curb appeal is the least of this homeowner’s problems. “The obvious issue is the short gutter and the use of some type of flexi pipe for a downspout.” Brock says. “The flashing at the roof isn’t properly installed and the half finished siding and incorrectly installed insulation is of concern. I see nothing but leaks in the future.” Besides the drips from any leaks, these are the other annoying noises you might hear in your house and how to silence them for good.

Waste of a stairwell

“A homeowner was renovating his house and could not find another way to run the main plumbing waste pipe, so he ran it through the basement stairs. Now he has created an accident waiting to happen,” Brock says. “He also did not install spindles on the basement stair railing to prevent children from falls.”

Wacky wiring

Brock captions this photo, “When homeowners install their own wiring.” Need we say more? Electrical repairs or upgrades should be left to the professionals—or you risk getting electrical shock and/or causing a fire.

Watch your step

It’s a pain carrying things up and down the stairs, especially when you have a zigzag staircase—but this home improvement could prove especially dangerous if you miss a step. “This homeowner removed the railings and spindles to make it easier for them to carry things upstairs,” Brock says. “They never took into account that a grandma or a child may lose balance and need something to grab. That would be a hard fall.”

Who wants to get electrocuted?

Every homeowner should know the essentials, especially when it comes to safety issues. In this DIY disaster, did the water spigot get installed first or was it the electrical box? It doesn’t matter because, as Brock says, “Water flows down and doesn’t mix well with live electricity.”

Support hose

This looks like a convenient way to store a hose. “The homeowner cut the floor joist to fit the garden hose,” says Brock. The problem here is that floor joist is supposed to support the floor. Cutting the floor joist can affect the structural integrity and weaken it.”

Source: By Lisa Marie Conklin for the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), originally published in Reader’s Digest.

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TAKING ACTION: How to check your pool’s bonding to keep you safe from electric shock

TAKING ACTION: How to check your pool’s bonding

to keep you safe from electric shock

You might already be cooling off in a backyard pool this spring as summer fast approaches.

But experts ask you to take steps to ensure swimmers will stay safe, if there is an electric fault.

We agree with fellow professional Bill Loden, Building Consultant and founder of Insight Building Inspection, LLC in Madison, AL, who urges you to check your pool’s bonding to keep your family safe from electric shock.

“Bonding is interconnecting all the potential electrical paths around the pool,” he said. He notes that copper wire is buried between the metal elements surrounding the pool, and then connected to the ground.

“Anything within five feet of the pool must be bonded,” he said.

Loden has noticed a problem though, especially in areas where code is not enforced.

“A lot of times unfortunately, a lot of pool companies will not put in the bonding,” he said. “It’s very common. I frequently see it on swimming pools.”

How does bonding work?

Loden said all the metal components need to be tied together with the copper wire.

“There are metal panels all the way around, four feet down, from the top of this concrete pool. Also, in the hand rails you have metal sleeves in the ground,” he said. “If there are lights, anything like that, they have to be bonded in here as well.”

The science can save you.

“If you keep the potential at zero, then even if there is voltage present there is not going to be any flow,” he explained. “That flow that we’re worried about may go through your body, and that’s what causes shock and electrocution.”

“If it isn’t bonded and one component becomes electrified, and you are in contact with it and another component, then you can be shocked,” he explained.

It is unclear if what happened in Florence, AL, when two people died following a pool electrocution. Investigators have not released why the pool became electrified during that situation.

But Loden wanted to warn families to check to see if their pool was bonded, as required by the National Electric Code.

He said it is a matter of life and death.

“People can be killed. People can be severely injured when a certain amount of electricity flows through their body,” he said. “It’s a simple solution: properly bonding the pool.”

What To Do

Loden recommends going out to where your motor and pumps are to check for bonding.

 

 

 

 

Look for an exposed copper wire attached to the motor and pumps, going into the ground. It should connect in a similar way as in the image to the left.

If you live in a municipality, you can also contact the building and inspection department to see if your pool had a code inspection during its construction.

“If you can not find the bonding line, I would contact a reputable pool company that can come in and evaluate it,” said Loden, noting that pool companies often employ or contract electricians for this type of work.

Loden warns that if your pool is not bonded, it may require some concrete cutting and other digging to install.

“This is one of the things I always look for when I inspect a house with a swimming pool,” said Loden. “Even though this is required in the building code, it is often omitted by the company installing the pool. This means that there are hundreds, perhaps thousands of pools throughout North Alabama that are not properly bonded.”

Randy Cunningham, Director of the Huntsville, AL Inspection Department, tells WHNT News 19 everyone who installs a pool in Huntsville needs to get electrical and plumbing permits. They are strictly enforced.

Cunningham said they make sure to do bonding inspection on a pool’s electrical system, but he also advises you to make sure your contractors are licensed with the state and that you work with a licensed and qualified electrician.

Source: American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)

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Don’t Get Burned – Get a Home Inspection to Save Money on Your Next Purchase

Don’t Get Burned – Get a Home Inspection to Save Money on Your Next Purchase

Okay, you made one of the most important decisions in your life: you’re buying a home! You found your ideal home. It’s in your desired neighborhood, close to everything you love, you dig its design and feel, and you’re ready to finalize the deal.

But, whoa … wait a minute! Buying a home isn’t like buying a toaster. If you discover something’s wrong with your new home, you can’t return it for a refund or an even exchange. You’re stuck with your buying decision. Purchasing a home is an important investment and should be treated as such. Therefore, before finalizing anything, your “ideal” home needs an inspection to protect you from throwing your hard-earned money into a money pit.

A home inspection is a professional visual examination of the home’s roof, plumbing, heating and cooling system, electrical systems, and foundation.

There are really two types of home of inspections. There is a general home inspection and a specialized inspection. If the inspector recommends a specialized inspection, take that advice because buying a home is the single most important investment you’ll make and you want extra assurance that you’re making a wise investment.

By having your prospective new home inspected, you can:
• Negotiate with the home seller and get the home sale-ready at no cost to you
• Prevent your insurance rates from rising
• Opt-out of the purchase before you make a costly mistake
• Save money in the short and long run

How Much Money Can a Home Inspection Save You?

A home inspection helps to find potential expenses beyond the sales price, which puts homebuyers in a powerful position for negotiation. If there are any issues discovered during the home inspection, buyers can stipulate that the sellers either repair them before closing or help cover the costs in some other way. If the sellers do not want to front the money to complete the repairs, buyers could negotiate a drop in the overall sales price of the home!

Perhaps even more importantly, a home inspection buys you peace of mind. Your first days and months in a new home will set the tone for your life there, and you don’t want to taint that time with worries about hidden problems and potential money pits.

To help you understand how much money a home inspection can save you, here are some numbers from HomeAdvisor to drive the point home … so to speak.

Roof – Roofing problems are one of the most common issues found by home inspections. Roof repair can range between $316 and $1046, but to replace a roof entirely can cost between $4,660 and $8,950.

Plumbing – Don’t underestimate the plumbing. Small leaks can cause damage that costs between $1,041 and $3,488 to repair. Your home inspector will look for visible problems with the plumbing such as leaky faucets, water stains around sinks and the shower, and noisy pipes. Stains on walls, ceilings, and warped floors show plumbing problems.

Heating and Cooling – Ensuring the home’s heating and cooling system is working properly is very important. Your home inspector will make you aware of any problems with the existing system and let know you whether the system is past its prime and needs replacing. You don’t want to throw down $3,919 to replace an aged furnace. Nor do you want to spend $5,238 replacing an ill-working air conditioner. Replacing and repairing a water heater gets pricey too. Wouldn’t you rather use your savings for a vacation?

Electrical Systems – When thinking of the electrical system, no problem is better than even a small problem. Electrical problems might seem small, but they can blossom into thousand-dollar catastrophes. Make sure your home inspector examines the electric meter, wires, circuit breaker, switches, and the GCFI outlets and electrical outlets.

Foundation – If your home inspector sees that the house is sinking, that means water is seeping into the foundation; cracks in walls, sticking windows, and sagging floor also indicate foundational problems. The foundation is so important that if the general inspection report shows foundation problems, lenders will not lend money on the home until those issues are solved. Foundation repairs can reach as high as $5,880 to repair.

As you can see, a small investment of a few hundred dollars for a general home inspection can save you tons of money and future headaches. To save even more money, you might consider investing in a specialized home inspection as well. A specialized inspection gets down to the nitty-gritty of all the trouble spots the general home inspection might have located.

How Much Money Can a Specialized Inspection Save You?

A general home inspection can trigger a need for a specialized inspection because the general home inspector spotted something off about the roof, sewer system, the heating and cooling system, and the foundation. If humidity is high where you’re buying your home, a pest inspection is recommended. Usually, a pest inspection will check for mold as well as pests. Most homebuyers have a Radon test done to ensure air quality.

Roof – Roof specialists examine the chimney and the flashing surrounding it. They also look at the level of wear and tear of the roof. They can tell you how long the roof will last before a new one is needed. They’ll inspect the downspouts and gutters. The average cost of a roof inspection is about $223. Most roof inspections will cost between $121 and $324.

Sewer System – Making sure your sewer system has no problems should happen before the closing because what might look like a small problem can turn into a large problem in the future. If any issues pop up, you can negotiate with the seller about needed repairs or replacements before closing. Cost of inspection will vary; on the low side, it might cost you around $95, and on the high side, it might cost you $790. Compare these numbers to repairing a septic tank, which can cost, on average, $1,435 (though it could reach as high as $4,459), and you can see that the cost of an inspection is worth it when you catch the problem before you buy.

Heating and Cooling System – A HVAC specialist will check the ducts for blockage and for consistent maintenance of the unit. The repairs needed might be small or they might be big, but this small investment will save you headaches and lots of money down the road.

Foundation – A foundation specialist will pinpoint the exact problem with the foundation. The specialist will look at the grade or slope of the home. The ground should slope away from the home in all directions a half inch per foot. Most homeowners have spent between $1,763 and $5,880 to repair their foundation. And the average cost to re-slope a lawn is at $1,705. Most homeowners paid between $933 and $2,558 to re-slope their lawn.

Pest Inspection – Termites eat a home’s wood structure from inside out and can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to your home. Other pests can turn your dream home into a nightmare. Depending on the humidity of where you live, you should a pest/termite inspection every two years or so. You can start with your potential new home. Most inspections are extensive and cost between $109 and $281. The good news is that most pest management company will guarantee the past inspection if bugs show up.

Radon Test – Radon is a naturally occurring invisible odorless gas that is the second leading cause of cancer. A radon test is a good test to have done as a good habit. The cost of radon test is low and its cost varies from state to state. Here’s more information about Radon.

Steps You Can Take to Save Money Using a Home Inspection

To help yourself save with a home inspection, you will need to:

Attend the inspection – Attending the inspection is important because it’s an opportunity for you to ask questions.

Check utilities – Checking utilities let’s know the energy efficiency of your potential home.

Hire a Qualified Home Inspector—an inspector who is a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors.

Source: American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI); written by Scott Myers and originally published in the Your San Antonio Realtor Blog

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Prepare Your Home for Thunderstorms, Lightning

Prepare Your Home for Thunderstorms, Lightning

Hurricanes often make more headlines during the summer and fall, but the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety cautions homeowners to not underestimate the destructive and deadly force of thunderstorms.

Such storms occur far more often and directly affect more people and homes in the U.S. than hurricanes.

According to IBHS, a whole-house or -building surge protector is the best starting point for reducing the risk of lightning damage, along with localized surge protectors for power cords of electronic equipment and any telephone and cable or satellite television lines.

Be sure you know the difference between a surge protector and a power strip. A power strip plugs into a wall outlet and allows you to plug in multiple electronic devices. It won’t protect equipment from damage by a power surge. A surge protector affords the ability to plug in multiple devices and also protects them against surges during a storm.

IBHS cautions against using an inexpensive surge protector—$10 or less—especially to protect expensive equipment. It’s a good idea to ensure a surge protector has been tested to UL 1449 and has an indicator light so you know it’s working.

A licensed electrician or home inspector can review power, telephone, electrical and television connections in your home to make sure the power line connection and your power distribution panel are adequately grounded.

Source: Written by Dave Kogan for American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)

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Problems to Look For When Buying an Old House

Problems to Look For When Buying an Old House

Common Issues With Older Homes

Buying an old home may allow you to live in a stylish, affordable piece of history. Unfortunately, it can also bring with it a lot of issues that you may not be prepared for. What seems like a great deal at first may ultimately cost way more than you bargained for. There are problems to look for when buying an old house you should be cognizant of.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It always pays to do your research before investing in real estate, particularly when the property in question was built over 50 years ago.

The following tips will give you an idea of what issues to watch out for when buying an older home. Avoid getting caught up in the potential of the house before you look carefully at these problem areas.

If you are purchasing an antique, you should be even more leery of doing your due diligence. When buying an old house, it pays dividends to know how to pick a home inspector who will go through the house with a fine tooth comb.
While inspecting any home is important, it becomes even more paramount to check for problems found in older homes.

Take a look at the tips for buying an antique including highlights of things you may want to research further.

 

 

 

1. Asbestos
Asbestos makes an incredibly useful flame retardant, which is part of why it was so commonly used in older buildings. Unfortunately, when airborne, the barbed fibers can be inhaled and lodge in the lining of the lungs, eventually leading to a deadly form of cancer. The EPA finally banned the use of asbestos in building materials, but not until 1989.

Many older homes have had the asbestos removed and replaced with something safer, but some have not. You obviously want to know if the home you are interested in still has asbestos. If it does, you will need to consider the costs of removal, which can be pricey.

While a good home inspector can point out what looks to be asbestos, you cannot tell for sure unless it is tested. Much of the asbestos found in homes was on wrapping found on pipes in the basement and used as insulation.

There is, however, another area where asbestos can be quite common in older homes and that is the flooring. What you may think looks like dull linoleum could, in fact, harbor asbestos. It is typically only a problem though if these tiles are cracked, flaking or otherwise damaged. If they remain intact, there shouldn’t be an issue with them.

2. Lead paint
While lead paint is #2 here in my list, it is the #1 problem you should be addressing when buying an older home. If you have a child under the age of six living in the home, it is mandatory that the lead is removed. In fact, it is a federal law!
When lead is consumed by people, it can cause significant health problems, particularly in growing children. Homes built before 1978 could have lead paint, which is why property owners are required to disclose the possible existence of lead paint to renters or buyers. You can paint over the old paint, but the dangerous lead paint will still be there underneath.

Massachusetts has an excellent form explaining how the lead paint law works. Lead paint is something you should take very seriously when buying an old house. Do your research and due diligence when it comes to the lead paint law.

Not too long ago, I was involved in the sale of a two family home in Hopedale, Massachusetts where a tenant was living in one of the units with a child under the age of six. After the buyer had done an inspection, they discovered the home had lead paint. A home confirmed to have lead paint can present a whole series of issues that you need to be keenly aware of including your responsibilities as an owner.

3. Problems found with the foundation & Sills.


 

 

 

 

 

The foundation on older homes can be cracked, leaning, sunken or otherwise damaged and in need of repair. Everything else in the house sits on the foundation, which is why foundation issues must be addressed for safety and to keep the home livable.

Of course, all foundation problems are not equal. A few settlement cracks may be normal and safe, but you need an inspector to tell you one way or the other. Foundation repair can be expensive, something to keep in mind when you consider the price of the home.
One of the issues that is even more prevalent in older homes is damage to the sill plate. Over an extended period of time the sills in a home can become susceptible to water, insects and other external elements. The entire building rests on the sill plate which in turn sits on the foundation. With older homes having sill plate problems is not uncommon at all.

Checking the sills carefully is something that should be done by a qualified inspector. The sills can be fixed if they are damaged but often it requires jacking up the home, which can cause damage to walls such as cracking, if not done very carefully. Sill problems are not uncommon when buying an antique.

4. Electrical problems
The electrical systems in old homes were not designed to keep up with modern usage. Computers, mobile devices, televisions, HVAC systems, appliances, dishwashers, washer/dryers – we use a lot of electricity, far more than people did fifty or more years ago.

If your lifestyle includes the use of a variety of electronics, you want to make sure that the home you are buying will work for your needs.

One of the more common problems to look for when it comes to an older home is knob and tube wiring. Knob and tube wiring was prevalent from the 1890’s to 1930’s. It became far less used right around 1950. This type of wiring consisted of single-insulated copper conductors run within the walls or ceilings, passing through joist and stud drill-holes via protective porcelain insulating tubes.

They were supported on nailed-down porcelain knob insulators. Where conductors entered a wiring device such as a lamp or switch, or were pulled into a wall, they were protected by flexible cloth insulating sleeves called loom. The first insulation was asphalt-saturated cotton cloth, then rubber became common.
As a home buyer what you need to understand is that knob and tube systems lack the capacity to handle the level of power usage in today’s modern homes.  One of the big problems with knob and tube wiring is that homeowners often abused the system by replacing blown fuses with fuses rated for higher currents. By doing so the wiring was subject to higher levels of current that risked heat damage or fire.

Another problem with knob and tube wiring was the prevalence to be damaged by home renovations. Its cloth and rubber insulation dried out and turned brittle fairly easily. Additionally, it could also be damaged by rodents chewing on the wiring.

The biggest problem, however, with knob and tube wiring is the ability to get homeowners insurance. A large percentage of insurance companies will not write insurance on homes with knob and tube. Many companies will insist the knob and tube wiring is replaced or that an electrician certifies that the wiring is in good condition.

Additionally there are many lenders who will not give a mortgage to a borrower who is purchasing a home with knob and tube wiring. If you are looking at purchasing an antique where knob and tube wiring exists, it makes sense to speak with your lender and insurance company up front.

5. Ungrounded outlets


 

 

 

 

 

Look around the home at the electrical outlets. Do they have three holes, or only two? If they only have two, you are not going to be able to use any devices that require grounding in the outlet – like your computer or your nice new flat screen television. While cheap adapters exist, they are not safe for long-term use, which means you will need to have an electrician fix the problem eventually.

Dealing with ungrounded outlets is not the end of the world and certainly not a reason to avoid purchasing a home.

6. Insurance costs
If you do have old electrical or plumbing systems in your house, you may find it difficult or expensive to get homeowners insurance. Many policies won’t cover damage caused by old, worn out systems. To get the insurance you may have to update your home extensively, which will cost a considerable amount of money.

7. Roofing issues
Like everything else on the home, the roof may have seen better days. You may look up and see missing shingles and moss, or patches of new shingles placed over the old. Or, you may see what looks like a roof in good repair, but the inspector may discover issues that are not visible to you from the ground.

There are definite signs that you need a new roof. Take a look and see how to tell if you need a new roof.

Keep in mind, previous owners may have chosen to save money by adding new shingles over the old across the entire roof, which will look uniform, but is not the right way to replace the roof. Done more than once, it can cause damage to the home.

8. Issues With Water
If you are buying an older home the odds are increased that you could be purchasing property with an old style water source. Many years ago people had hand dug wells as their sole water source. Having a hand dug well can cause some fairly significant issues. Today’s modern homes are equipped with artesian wells that are drilled.

The problem with shallow dug wells is that there is increased risk of contaminants. Your drinking source is something you don’t want to take chances with. Many home buyers skip the well test, which can be a critical mistake.

9. Energy efficiency


 

 

 

 

 

Older homes were not built with energy efficiency in mind. Many do not have any insulation, or the insulation that they do have is old and ineffective.

The windows are often single-pane. To get the most out of any heating or air conditioning, you are going to need to update both the insulation and the windows in an older home.

If you are going to be purchasing an antique, I would highly recommend becoming familiar with the best energy upgrades for an old house. One of the first things you should do is get a home energy audit. These evaluations are relatively inexpensive and often times free. A professional doing an energy audit on an older home can save you quite a bit of money!

10. Insects and pests
An old home usually has unwanted guests that stick around long after the old owner has moved on. Insects, rats, mice – older homes are ideal homes for pests that you probably don’t want to live with. Some of them can be inconvenient, while others can be health hazards.

If termites are an issue, you may find that certain areas of the home are in worse repair than you initially realized. An inspector can tell you more about the particular home you are looking at, but don’t be surprised if he or she finds quite a few pest problems.

Insects are more common in older homes with older wood that may have water damage. Termites are something you should take extreme care with when purchasing an older home or any home for that matter.

When purchasing an antique don’t be surprised if the inspector points out old powder post beetle damage. Usually these bugs are not still active, however, you need to make sure the existing damage is not something that will adversely affect the structure.

11. A Realtor unfamiliar with older homes
Any experienced Realtor has probably sold quite a few older homes, and will be aware of all the possible problems buyers can run into. But not all Realtors are experienced, and you may wind up working with someone who has little experience in this area.

If you are considering older homes, make sure to ask your Realtor if he or she has experience with them. You are making a big purchase, one you want to be happy with. Work with an agent you feel like you can depend on to guide you effectively and look out for your interests.

One of the bigger stumbling blocks in buying an older home will be the home inspection and subsequent negotiations for any needed repairs. You are going to need someone in your corner who is a skilled negotiator. If your agent truly doesn’t understand the issues it is awfully hard to do that.

At the bare minimum, your real estate agent should attend the home inspection to hear the problems. Many agents skip the home inspection, which is a huge mistake.

Final Thoughts
Buying a piece of history can be an exciting proposition, however, it is paramount to know exactly what you’re buying when it’s an antique. Older homes tend to have more significant problems than younger properties. As long as you do your due diligence, I am sure you’ll have a property to be excited about for many years.

Source: American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI); written by Bill Gassett; originally posted at Max Real Estate Exposure Blog.

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Even New Homes Are Not Perfect

Even New Homes Are Not Perfect


 

 

 

Q. We just opened escrow on a new-construction home and were advised against ordering a home inspection, simply because the house is new and was approved by the building department. This seems reasonable to us, especially since the contractor has guaranteed his work for one full year. With all these assurances, there seems no point in spending hundreds of dollars on an inspection if it’s not really necessary, but we’d like your opinion before deciding.

A. The belief that a new home is flawless, simply because it is new and was approved by the building department, is an unfortunate myth. Since when is a new product exempt from possible defects? We often hear of new cars recalled by Detroit; sailors can tell you of new boats that have leaked; and skydivers always carry a second parachute, even when the primary chute is new.

As for new homes, anyone who has worked in building construction knows contractors and tradespeople are prone to occasional or not-so-occasional errors and oversights. Having inspected many new homes, I have yet to find one that is totally free of defects, nor have I met any qualified home inspector who has discovered a perfectly built specimen, regardless of the quality of construction or the integrity of the builder.

Even when the builder warrants the work for one year or several years, such assurances are of no benefit unless the defects are discovered. Unfortunately, many construction errors and safety violations do not become apparent for many years. A faulty wiring condition might not be revealed until it damages your computer or causes a fire. Other defects might only be discovered when you eventually resell the property, and a home inspector finds them long after the builder’s warranty has expired.

The list of faulty conditions that have been found in new homes is extensive and includes such items as broken roof tiles, over-spanned roof rafters, lack of attic insulation, improper fireplace construction, hazardous electrical wiring, excessive water pressure, fire safety violations, unsafe venting of furnace exhaust, concealed plumbing leaks, faulty site drainage, hot water piping connected to the toilet (can you imagine a steaming tank?), etc., etc.


 

 

 

 

In one infamous case, a new home was built and approved on a concrete slab without a perimeter foundation. We’re not likely to find a major list like this in any one new home, but every new structure contains some undisclosed defects, sometimes few and minor, sometimes a mixture of major and minor.

Many new homes are purchased without a home inspection because they are presumed to be exempt from errors in construction. Considering the high price of a new home, assumptions about the quality of workmanship can be financially devastating. The best advice when buying any home is to take nothing for granted. The cost of an inspection is incidental when compared to the price of real estate. A qualified home inspector will most assuredly find items that need repair, even in an immaculate new home. Better to discover them now than after the close of escrow.

Source: American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI); written by Barry Stone, originally posted in The Daily Herald

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A Closer Look: Check heaters, barbecues, lamps, pits

A Closer Look: Check heaters, barbecues, lamps, pits

 

 

 

 

With summer-like temperatures and beautiful weather here at last, many of us have started to enjoy outdoor entertaining with friends and family in our backyards.

Gas fired outdoor equipment such as barbecues, pool heaters, gas lamps, patio heaters and fireplaces or pits are becoming commonplace in many backyards.

In addition to being efficient and easy to use, these natural gas and propane burning appliances have been instrumental in helping create and extend outdoor living environments from spring to fall and even the occasional wintery day.

Although some of these items may be included in a home purchase/sale, they are not part of a standard home inspection; as a result, if present, they should be inspected by a licensed gas technician.

Here are a few key pre-season checks of these portable stand-alone units that need be done to ensure a safe and fun season.

Barbeques

If your barbecue hasn’t been used since last season, a good inspection and cleaning is necessary. Ensure the appliance gas supply has been turned off and disconnected. A wire brush can be used to clean the grill while the burner assembly should be inspected for spider webs, cracks or corrosion.

Remove deteriorated lava rocks, food debris and grease from grills, drip pans and warmers. Uncleaned or unchecked parts can lead to flame-ups or grill fires. If needed, replacement parts may be available through a general or specialty retailer.

Reconnect the gas supply. With a soap and water solution at hand, turn on the gas from the shut-off valve.

Check fittings and hoses by wetting them with the soap water solution; if there are any leaks in the fittings or cracks in hoses or pipes bubbles will form in the area of the leak.

If any leaks appear, turn the gas off and call a licensed gas technician. The equipment should not be used until repaired as even the smallest leak can cause a major fire or explosion.

Do not position the barbecue or patio heater too close to the house or any other combustible material. They should be positioned at least 1.2 metres away from anything that can be damaged by heat. Never use barbecue or patio heaters under the overhang of the roof or awning, or inside a patio cover (pagota). As a home inspector, I have inspected many homes that have sustained damage to vinyl siding and deck railings as the direct result of a barbecue being placed too close. Never leave a working barbecue or patio heater unattended, and never use these appliances indoors, not even in a garage or shed.

Pool heaters

Prior to start-up, homeowners should remove any accumulated debris (leaves, bugs) from the pool heater area and check vent connections (top or side mounted) for corrosion or pitting.

Pool heaters require a balance of fuel, air and water pressure for correct operation. Adhere to the manufacturer’s listed maintenance schedule.

Source: American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)

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