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3 Things To Ask During A Home Inspection

Monday, October 28th, 2019 @ 11:50am

Home inspections are important; the problem comes with trying to hire the right guy. Becoming a home inspector isn’t something you can do in one day. It just makes sense, how could someone learn everything they need to do in one day when it comes to conducting a thorough home inspection? When it comes to hiring a proper inspector, you’ll want to hire someone with a construction background, who knows the best techniques to properly check a home for any red flags.

When it comes to hiring a home inspector, there are three things you need to consider.

3) Do They Do Thermal Imaging?


Ever wonder what’s happening behind the walls of your home without opening them up? This is why thermal imaging cameras are one of the most valuable tools a home inspector can carry. Thermal cameras show off variations in surface temperatures.

Keep in mind, thermal imaging cameras can’t actually see through walls but it can detect temperature changes throughout the walls of the home. This can alert them to a variety of possible issues.

If the thermal camera picks up temperature changes around doors and windows, there might be a problem with weather stripping and caulking. If cool spots are spotted, that could mean issues with moisture, and does the same around appliances or fixtures — there could be a leaky pipe hiding behind the wall. Here’s where your inspector will pull out their moisture metre to check if the levels are elevated. If the wall is window free and nowhere near any plumbing – you may have an issue.

2) Healthy Indoor Air And Mold


People often tend to worry about the air outdoors but don’t realize that the air you breathe indoors can be two to five times worse.

This is why it’s important to have your home inspector perform an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Assessment. When it comes to IAQ, your home inspector will go through the home and identify potential indoor air quality threats. This includes testing for mold, radon and VOCs. A good home inspector will even ask you about your own personal habits that could contribute to your poor indoor air quality.

The home inspector will be able to collect some air samples so they can send it out to lab for analysis to test for mold spores. There are three things that mold needs to thrive: a source of food (Building materials), moisture and air. When the inspector is inspecting with a moisture metre and it doesn’t detect an excess spike in moisture, then you should be in the clear.

DID YOU KNOW?

Every home has mold spores – it’s only when they’re given the right conditions to thrive and grow is when you’ll need to take action. All homes will have some mold spores – it’s only when they’re given the right conditions to thrive and grow is when you’ll need to take action.

1) A Deck Inspection


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After the deck assessment the inspector will list all the major safety concerns, or deficiencies within the structure, and offer a timeline on when those issues will need to be addressed.

Most homeowners focus on the inside of their home but neglect their outdoor structures which you should never do. Outdoor structures are the entries and exits to the home and require just as much maintenance as the rest of the home. This is especially true because unlike the inside of your home, outdoor structures are exposed to the elements, without the proper care can make them break down much more quickly – or become a danger.

This is especially important in your deck – where a lot of time is spent with families, barbecuing, entertaining or simply relaxing which is why it’s important to keep this structure safe. Getting a deck inspection will look at the overall outdoor structure including: the ledger board, posts, footings, beams, connectors, railings, stairs, and deck boards to give an overall assessment of the structure. After the assessment the inspector will list all the major safety concerns, or deficiencies within the structure, and offer a timeline on when those issues will need to be addressed.

KEEP IN MIND

If your deck is more than five years old, it should be inspected as soon as possible, and at least every three years beyond that. I’ve read about way too many deck accidents that could have easily been prevented.

Once you hired a home inspector, you’re not done. Put yourself out there on site for the inspection, because it’s your opportunity to learn about the home first hand. It’s also good to ask a lot of questions to your inspector and get lots of answers. Last but not least you’ll get a report from your inspector and helps you understand everything in your home.

MIke Holmes Inspections®
Mike Holmes Inspections