A Rainy Day is Perfect for your Mission Viejo Home Inspection
If you find your self in escrow to buy a home this winter, take full advantage of rainy days! While your first instinct is probably to cuddle up by the fireplace with a good book and a cup of hot cocoa during the next torrential downpour, get out to see the house you’re buying instead. The best thing you can do is schedule your Mission Viejo Home Inspection when it is pouring down rain. If you can’t perfectly coordinate your Home Inspection with the next rainy day, at least make the effort to go over to see what’s going on at the house you’re buying. Ask your Realtor to take you back so you can look inside and outside as the rain keeps pouring down. Here are the most important things to look for when you get the chance to see how your future house holds up in the rain.
Clogged drains – Is there standing water anywhere in the back yard, front yard, or side yards? If there is, you’re most likely looking at a clogged drain. Tree roots are the most likely culprit. If you still have time to make a Request for Repairs (RFR) of the sellers, you might want to add “clear the exterior drain lines” to your list. Or at least get an estimate from a local plumber so you have an idea as to how much it will cost for you to take care of clearing the lines after escrow closes.
Clogged rain gutters – Is water spilling out of the gutters in places other than the down spout to the ground? Most likely the gutters are full of leaves, dirt, and other debris. Whip out that RFR and add “clear the rain gutters of debris so that water flows away from the house.” Some Window Washers and Christmas Light Hanging companies also clean rain gutters – it gives them another way to use their tall ladders and provides another source of business when window washing and hanging holiday lights are in low demand.
Loose seals – Is there water pooling next to the furnace or water heater? This may be a sign of a loose seal on a vent pipe on the roof. If you’ve already had your Home Inspection, you may want to have a Roof Inspection as well. If the Roof Inspection does indicate there are loose seals, you may want to add those to your RFR. Or get a quote from the roofing company for re-sealing the vents and other penetration points they may discover are compromised.
Leaking windows – Is water reaching inside the windows and dripping down the walls? It is never a good thing to have water dripping down any of the walls inside your home. Drywall, flooring, and baseboards do not do well in wet conditions. Have your Realtor call the sellers to have someone address this immediately! And of course, add this to your RFR. You’ll want to ask for the window to be repaired and the water intrusion to be remediated, which might include dealing with mold. Buckle your seat belt if that’s the case.
I’m Leslie Eskildsen, Realtor.
Call me. Text me. 949-678-3373
Email me. Leslie@LeslieEskildsen.com
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