Not too many years ago, people would buy a home based on some very basic reasoning: Is it pretty? Is the size right for my family? Is it the right location? Does it feel like home? These are things we all think about when considering buying a new home. But today, you need that extra protection to ensure you are making a wise investment…and a home inspection is the first step in making sure you can enjoy your home for years to come.
Cover – ups
We’ve performed many home inspections through the years, and we are never surprised at the things we come across. One of the most common issues we see are problem areas that are “hidden.” By that, I mean the seller knows there is a problem, and they are trying to hide it from view. Now…to the average person looking at a home, they probably would never see these issues until it was too late and they had already bought the house. But we are trained and experienced to know what to look for and where to look. We most often find ‘cover-ups’ in the basement, where water problems are being camouflaged and hidden.
Perhaps the most important thing we can do for you on your home inspection is find any safety issues that may be easily overlooked. We check your receptacles and make sure there are no outlets that are ungrounded, and we look closely at your electrical panel to ensure that everything looks correct. We also look for any abandoned wiring that may be a potential safety hazard. With Wayne being a 35+years journeyman electrician, we are uniquely qualified to inspect your electrical system. We also look for any unsafe areas around your home, such as proper supports on your deck and porch, as well as secure steps and railing.
“It’s In the Details”
We take care in finding the little details that concern your home. Recently, we inspected a beautiful old home that had been restored with quality building materials. Upon closer inspection, we found the hardi-board siding not been sealed properly (joints), and water was able to easily enter through the cracks (even though hardi-board is a material of fiber cement, water will still deteriorate this over time.) We were able to help the buyer have this remedied before they bought the home, which saved them a good chunk of money.
If you are going to spend a lot of your hard-earned money on a new home that you want to last for a lifetime and beyond, then it pays to have a home inspection. More importantly, it pays best to get an excellent home inspector. We know that there are many home inspectors in the Chattanooga area, but we ask you to consider choosing our company. We couldn’t still be in business after 14 years unless we made it our priority to serve our clients to the best of our ability. So when you want peace of mind before you buy a new home, choose Discovery Home Report for your home inspection needs.