Recently I had the opportunity to view a home that was just listed. I was asked to do a quick walk through and offer the sellers suggestions to improve its potential to sell. The hot water heater was about 12 years old and was not leaking but definitely showing its age. I suggested possibly replacing the hot water heater and I was asked the question: Will we get our money back? I politely stated there was no guarantee but replacing the heater would definitely help the selling of the home. Any competent home inspector is going to report on hot water heaters that are nearing or beyond their useful life. If you replace the hot water heater it is an non-issue or possibly even a selling point instead of a negative.
It goes without saying if the hot water is leaking get it replaced before you list the home.
Friday I inspected a home in the Conway, SC for nice couple buying their first home. WC Home Inspection always takes the time to discuss all the details of our inspections with our clients but special care is taken with first time buyers.
Tomorrow we visit Surfside Beach to inspect a condo with an ocean view. It's always great to spend some time at a property with an ocean view.
We found this behind a panel in a property being sold. The first question you must ask is why this was not found and fixed before the property was listed. Until I removed the panel to inspect the hot water heater no one was aware of this condition. There are two lessons to be learned here: 1. Never purchase a property without first having an inspection completed by a highly qualified home inspector. 2. Never hide a hot water heater in a space where it can not be occasionally viewed.
WC Home Inspection LLC is an Angie's List certified business and experienced in dealing with all home inspection concerns. Please keep us in mind if you ever need a home inspection. We have experience with anything from $1.2 million dollar oceanfront properties to lower priced point foreclosures.
It was a busy week for us. We did two condo and a home inspection this week. Please keep us in mind for home inspections. We are an Angie's List certified business. We highly recommend home inspections for all real estate transactions including new construction.
Last week we inspected a townhome near Market Commons in Myrtle Beach. For those of you not familiar with the area, the townhouses used to be military housing for the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. It was really a step back into the history of the area. These townhouses were built in 1958.
Today, we were did a inspection for a nice lady near Long Bay in Longs, SC. It was performed to help her with warranty issues. Just a reminder that warranty inspections are important and I would recommend a full inspection for a few dollars more.
Today's comment is about home inspections before closing. Recently, I just
witnessed the results of nice people rushing closing to get into their new built home only to find multiple and several significant defects. Most builders would step up to the plate and fix but not all! This builder appears to less than one of the good guys. So the lesson is to always have an inspection done before closing. It is relatively inexpensive to have an inspection completed compared to the price of a new home. And remember, a clean inspection and paying the inspection fee is not a bad thing.
If you need a new roof, give metal roofs serious consideration. A metal roof might cost more initially but it will likely last at least 50 years. An asphalt shingle roof will usually last 15 - 20 years. In addition, a metal roof will not catch fire from embers from a nearby home that is on fire.
If you decide to go with a asphalt shingle roof, we recommend the removal of any existing shingles to start with a clean slate. Removing the shingles will allow inspection of the sheathing including any repairs that might be needed. Also, each layer of shingles increases the load on the roof. It might save a few dollars to not remove the existing roof but in the long run it could cause future problems.
We are proud to announce that WC Home Inspection LLC is now Angie's List Certified. The certification brings another layer of comfort to our clients that they are getting the absolute best of service. Please check us out on Angie's List as it includes a great offer for condo inspections in the Grand Strand area of SC.
I sitting in Columbus, Ohio today and it is cold! In addition, it has been cold in the Grand Strand area for the past several days. Before we discuss the Grand Strand and heat pumps, I must comment that if someone tries to sell someone a heat pump in central Ohio you need to get a second and third opinion.
The Grand Strand area is a good area for heat pumps. But keep in mind as the temperatures drop below 38 degrees F the efficiency of the unit drops and at some point the auxiliary heating strips will come on to keep your home warm. This is the design but realize your electric meter will start spinning as your heating costs go up. The heating strips operate like a portable electric heater and will warm your home but are highly inefficient. The recommendation from the experts is to keep your heat setting at 68 degrees F to minimize your costs.
One method to check your heat pump is to check the temperature at the register. If the outside temperature is above 40 degrees F, the temperature of the air from the register should be at least 90 degrees F without assistance from the heating strips. If it is below 90 degrees, it might be time to call a qualified HVAC contractor to check your unit. Hopefully these tips will keep you warm and your heating costs reasonable.
Yesterday, I inspected a home for a great couple in Rock Hill.
Today, I am in Ohio taking care of some business. With regard to home inspections, it is hard to believe but essentially anyone can do home inspections in Ohio. There is no licensing requirements. So if anyone in the Columbus area needs a inspection done by a SC licensed and highly qualified home inspector let me know.
I am a full-time home inspector servicing all of South Carolina.