Why is a Home Inspection Important? Pensacola, Florida Realtor Sheri Harris with Realty Masters
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Why is a Home Inspection Important? Pensacola, Florida Realtor Sheri Harris with Realty Masters


Hi, I’m Sheri Harris, a sales associate with
Realty Masters and we are getting ready to conduct a home inspection on your new home so I know you have a few questions about
the home inspection. Why is a home inspection so important? I have Paul with
Pro 1 Home Inspection Services to help answer some of these questions for our
buyer. A home inspection is really important because normally buying a home
isn’t only someone’s biggest purchase and performing a home inspection we go
in there we identify any deficiencies that are in the home. We make sure
everything’s functioning properly, and we identify any possible repairs before
they’re possibly going to close. Ok, and what kind of deficiencies do you
look for? I mean what kind of what is a deficiency in a home? Something that’s
not working the way it’s supposed to be working. We go through the home and canvas the entire home. Normally start on the
outside then we get on top of the roof and then we kind of work our way through
the home. We look at plumbing issues and making sure there’s no leaks, that
there’s the proper plumbing needed for everything that function probably. Electrical, we make sure everything’s performing properly with the electrical. Making sure the breakers are working properly a GFCI GFCI. Making sure that if
there’s gas in the home, there are the proper detection devices for the urban
monoxide exact sort of stuff okay. What about like the HVAC system? Do you guys check that out as well? We do whether there’s a heat pump or just regular electrical compressor and furnace we’ll go in and make sure that they’re
performing in hot and cold properly. Okay. and making sure that there’s adequate airflow, especially if there’s gas
we want you know make sure there’s combustible air coming from the Attic in
the HVAC closets. Okay. What about the appliances? Do you check the appliances? We do, we go through and we check the microwaves, we check the stovetop, the
oven, making sure the all of the electrical is working throughout the
home as far as like whirlpool tubs and anything else, like in the garage making garage door sensors are lined up and the irrigation system is working
properly. Okay, so you also check for safety issues things that could
potentially be a safety hazard? Sure, and a lot of the safety issues we look at
make sure that the home is a proper GFCI protection. Making sure that there are
smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in the home. Making sure
there’s no open junction boxes in the Attic or crawlspace. Okay, okay. What
about on the outside of the house do you do anything like, with, I don’t know, the
driveways concrete? Do you document any of that or any of that anything that
yeah potential buyer needs to be concerned with? Yeah, we try to let them
know everything that we come across at home. If there’s some cracks in the
driveway, we let them know about that.A lot of times with windows if they’re
cutting the windows screens or there’s no sealant around the windows to prevent
water from getting inside the home. Right. Also with the roof now we canvass the
roof and make sure there are no missing shingles, make sure there are no areas
where water is going to get into them because with the exterior of the home
waters the enemy, so want to make sure water is not getting in the home. Right,
okay. So we look for any possible areas where water could penetrate. All right, do
you guys get in the Attic? We do, we try and get everywhere we can. If we can fit,
there then we get there. Okay, what do you look for in the Attic? We’re looking to
make sure there is adequate insulation in the electrical. There’s a lot of time
there are electrical connections outside of a junction box or open junction
boxes which are potential fire hazards with all the insulation there. If
you have gas appliances in the home, like a gas furnace or a gas stove, making sure
that the insulation is not too close to the type e vents. Okay. And making sure like structurally that no damage trusses is in the attic and
also we’re looking at the sheathing in the attic, too. Once you’re on the roof,
sometimes you’re not able to see some of the areas where work could be getting in
but right once you get into the Attic if you see any moisture on the sheathing in
the Attic then there’s potential problems. What about fences and gates and plants or vegetation around my house? Yeah, with the fences if they’re leaning
or if they have any broken slats we identify those. And making sure the gates
are closing and opening properly. Okay, and when it comes to the vegetation, you
know the vegetation we want to keep that away from house to be a at least a 1 foot
clearance away from the home because that just brings the moisture towards
the home which we want to try to prevent. Sure, possible Sure. And also, a lot of
times the trees are too close to the roof. Kind of like this one! Good example!
So basically, on your report on a situation like this you would document
it and maybe put your professional recommendation or for code or insurance
purposes that this tree needs to be trimmed where it is no longer touching
the home. Yeah it’s not good cuz it just brings the moisture towards the home
when you know we want to keep the moisture away from it as much as
possible. Sure/ When branches of a tree it went
they’ve been again sagging a little bit high winds they brush back and forth and
can damage the the roof. Yes, okay. Yeah. What about like chips and peeling paint? We identify those. Sometimes it’s a lot of cosmetic conditions that we
identify, and with homes that are prior to 1978, we always want to point out that
there’s a possibility that there could be Lead based paint on their home if
it’s a older than 1978. OK. OK. What about the different type of
electrical wiring? I know you mentioned GFCI outlet that is a what – ground
fault circuit interruption. Okay and what is the purpose of a GFCI? It is to
prevent people from possibly get electrocuted. Normally and the homes that are built nowadays whenever you have a water
source GFCI is required within six feet of like a sink. So in bathrooms and
kitchens every receptacle that’s within six feet should be GFCI protected for
safety that way if electrical appliance that
was plugged in falls into a sink it would just shut off the breaker rather
than potentially catch fire form someone I am that’s maybe washing dishes but
also with the exterior of the home is water hit the outside of the home so we
want to make sure the receptacles are protected there. Okay. And have protective covering water print covering. Okay, so awesome. Well, I
think that pretty much covers the gist of a home inspection. I personally as a
Realtor encourage all my buyers even if you’re just a cash investor to have your
home inspected to make sure that you are getting a nice, safe home without a bunch
of major repairs. Just want to thank Paul with Pro-1 Home Inspections for
coming out and answering a few questions for us we appreciate you. Thank you! Thanks.

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