Shopping for a home? Avoid repeat inspections!

Look for negative grading!

Does the grading look like it slopes away from the property up to the first 6 feet?

Do the furnace and air conditioner seem very old?

As an InterNACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors), I’ve been using the life expectancy chart to determine the expected life expectancy of components of homes.

The life expectancy of a furnace is 25 years. The life expectancy of an air conditioning unit is 15 years. Many factors affect life expectancies, and this is intended as a guideline only.

After finding the brand and serial numbers for the heating and cooling units, go to buildingcenter.org for more information on the age of these units.

Is the water heater old?

Gas-fueled water heaters are expected to last 12 years. Many factors affect life expectancies, and this is intended as a guideline only.

After finding the brand and serial numbers for the heating and cooling units, go to buildingcenter.org for more information on the age of these units.

Bring binoculars – what condition does the roof look like?

Is it a 3-tab, 15-year, or dimensional 25-year shingle? Is there a metal roof? This is a great feature as they last a long time!

If an older home, does it have fuses instead of circuit breakers?

If fuses are present, it is very likely an electrician will need to review it. They are likely past their ability to meet today’s needs.

 

Interested in older homes over 75 years old?

Check out our web page about older homes: https://theevansvillehomeinspector.com/?page_id=1918&preview=true

Print out this PDF flyer and take it with you as you shop for homes.  Be sure to use the coupon when you call in for your inspection.  Feel free to contact us with any questions.