What Your Home Inspector is Looking For

Be aware of common home inspection issues.

Nearly all homebuyers hire a professional home inspector to take a close look at their new house before closing. After all, the pros know exactly where a house’s weak spots are – and how much repairs may cost down the line. You can speed things along by doing a brief analysis of the condition of your home and making the necessary repairs now before the house is under contract.

Here’s what to fix before your home inspector marks it down.

Mold and Mildew

Easy to get, hard to get rid of. Mildew stains and odors scare buyers, especially when a bathroom is overrun with toxic black mold. You may not even get an acceptable offer if mold and mildew are present. If you have any in your home, now is the time to treat it and address the source of your problem.

Damaged Roofs and Chimneys

Deteriorated shingles or other roof coverings are going to be one of the first things that an inspector looks for. If the roof or chimney is damaged, cracked, or rotted, it signals that serious repair work is needed. Make sure flashing around the base of the chimney is watertight, the mortar and bricks are in good condition, and that there are no leaks in the roof.

Plumbing Problems

Attempt to fix leaks long before the home inspection takes place. The inspector will check for plumbing issues by checking the water faucets and flushing toilets at the same time. You don’t want to have the inspector come back and say that there is a drainage problem, as this could hinder any home sale.

Inadequate Electrical Systems

The electrical panel and circuit breaker configuration should be adequate for the needs of the house. The inspector will check to see if there are receptacles with ground fault circuit interrupters that click off during a short circuit or overload – and it’s your job to ensure they are there are working!

Whether you’re in the process of searching for your dream home or getting ready to prepare your home for the market, getting the help of a dedicated escrow services is a must when closing an escrow deal. Contact Brighton Escrow for assistance! Our Hermosa Beach, California team is committed to helping you make the most of your escrow process.