Real Live Home Inspection Discussion 2 – What Buyers Should Look For

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Real Live Home Inspection Discussion 2 – What Buyers Should Look For

Now that you have the right mindset to get a general impression of the condition of the Orange County home you’ve fallen in love with, here are some tips from Jack Clausen of JLC Inspections on what you should look for.

Knowledge is Power

These are simple things that you and your Realtor can check, before you make an offer to buy this great home.  Before you get into heated negotiations with the seller.  Before you pay for a complete Home Inspection.  Before you see the 55 pages of seller disclosures and the termite report.  So here goes.

Where Should I Look?

Look under the sinks.  In the kitchen, the bathooms, and in the garage, if there’s a sink in the garage.  See any water dripping or pooling?  See any mold?   Smell anything funky?  See anything weird like a spray can holding up a pipe?  That might be an big red flag that there’s a leak, has been a leak, and might be an area that needs to be repaired.  Make a note.

Look at the appliances.  Is the dishwasher an antique and missing some parts?  Is the stove covered with year’s worth of grime?  This is an obvious sign that even though these may still work, you probably won’t want to use them to wash your dishes or cook your food.  Just a guess on my part. Based on the pinched noses and rolled eyeballs I’ve seen over the years.  That “you’ve got to be kidding me” look.  Well, not kidding.  Make a note.

Look at the furnace.  Better yet, turn it on.  Does hot air come out – where it’s suppsed to?  Does it belong in a musuem?  Did you not even recognize what it was?  Make a note.

Look at the air conditioner.  It’ll be outside some where.  Is it rusted?  Is it covered with pretty vines from the flower bed so you can’t tell if it’s rusted? Make a note.

Look at the hot water heater.  Does it belong in the museum next to the antique dishwasher and furnace?  Or is it shiny and new and energy efficient.  It it looks like it’s on its last legs, make a note.

Look at the ceiling.  Popcorn?  Water stains?  Patches?  Holes?  Maybe time for a really thorough roof inspection.  Make a note.

A Checklist for Common Maintenance and Repair Issues

Here’s a check list for you – print it off when you’re going back for that last look at the house you’re going to make an offer on – and make your notes so you’ll know if they already priced it considering the condition, or if you need to deduct more and let them know why!

  1. Heating /Furnace system in poor and or very dirty condition and well as water damage around the furnace.
  2. Water heater not properly installed/poor venting/no straps or not installed properly, or is leaking.
  3. Water damage under sinks and inside cabinets.
  4. Flu stops missing in fireplaces that burn gas logs.
  5. Old supply lines under sinks and behind toilets.
  6. Water from sprinklers hitting the outside of the home.
  7. Dirt, soil, plant next to the home are too high covering the weep screed.
  8. Cement levels next to the home covering the weep screed.
  9. High water pressure/defective pressure regulator.
  10. Lack of a gutter system on the outside of home and water not being diverted away from the structure.

Have a great time shopping for home for sale in Orange County!  Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Irvine, Coto de Caza, Ladera Ranch….  It’s all good.  Let me know if you need any help!  Leslie 949-678-3373.

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