Inspecting the Exterior of Your Ithaca Home
The best Ithaca home inspectors know that an inspection is not complete unless it is thorough. This means inspecting both the interior and exterior of the home. We have been covering a lot of information on the interior, but today, we would like to talk in more detail about what your home inspector is looking for on the exterior.
The fact is that some of the outside portions of the home can be the most expensive repairs. Many problems can be present without your knowledge if you don’t know what you’re looking for. That’s why it’s so important to have a qualified professional with a lot of experience perform your home inspection.
The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) has defined a home inspection as an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of the house from the roof to the foundation. It’s quite extensive, as it should be. Let’s talk about what some of your inspection will include, as far as the exterior is concerned.
Inspecting the Roof
A lot of home inspectors will start with the roof. We’re looking for a lot of different things to make sure it’s safe and in good condition. We want to be sure there is no debris or mold growing on the shingles. We’re also looking for any blistering or buckling. If there are shingles missing, it’s important for you to know that, and you also need to know if any tiles are out of position, or if they’re broken.
While we’re up there, we’re also checking the chimney, vents and flashing. We want to make sure there are no obstructions, and no visible signs of damage.
Inspecting the Walls and Siding
As we move farther down, we start inspecting the walls and the siding. Again, we’re looking for any buckling or rippling. We want to make sure that there are no holes or gaps, and that the walls are free from water damage. That could point to an even bigger problem inside. If the house is painted, we will point that out because it could be an issue for you if you are seeking an FHA loan.
When you first saw the house, you may not have noticed if there was any sagging or rotten wood. Your home inspector should check thoroughly to make sure the home is free from these issues.
Inspecting Gutters and Downspouts
When water is allowed to pool near the house it can cause serious issues with the foundation. You could end up with cracks in it, as well as with water in your basement. We will check the gutters and downspouts for debris, as well as to make sure they’re draining the way they should be.
At Precision Home Inspection, we always treat our customers’ homes like they were our own. We know exactly what to look for, and we also provide a detailed report to you once the inspection has been completed.
If you haven’t scheduled your home inspection for your new Ithaca home yet, please don’t delay! You can schedule through our website or you can give us a call anytime.
Owning a home is an exciting adventure, and your home inspection will give you peace of mind as you embark on it.