Many builders tell buyers they do not need a home inspection. However, this week I encountered a prime example of why an inspection is needed by all buyers. The home was only 1.5 years old but the heat pump was not cooling. It turns out the home owners liked a warm home year around and keep the thermostat at 78 degrees F. They commented when it was hot outside the home never got comfortable. It is likely the heat pump was not properly set up by the HVAC contractor. It has cost the home owner in utility bills by the system not being efficient and comfort. Enough said! #home #homeinspection #homebuyer #homeowner #homeinspector
Although the health crisis has slowed the real estate market in the Myrtle Beach area, transactions are still happening and we are doing inspections. I practice social distancing and wear the proper PPE as needed.
If you are thinking of selling your home this is the perfect time to get it ready. The majority of the handymen and contractors are still working. Also, I highly recommend a pre-listing inspection before listing your home. It truly puts the owner in a much better position. It could increase your profit and will definitely eliminate any surprises.
If you are buying and coming to look at homes, it will need to be a in and out trip as all local hotels and rentals are closed based on city ordinances.
Another example of a flipper renovation gone wrong. This is a safety hazard from several standpoints. The flipper decided to install kitchen cabinets over an electric panel .... not good! Also, they decided the front cover would not fit so they placed a piece of wood over the opening. Just think one spark and you could easily have a fire. Absolutely, the panel or cabinet needs to be moved and the panel properly installed with a METAL front.
Unless you're a meteorologist and can actively monitor humidity levels, keep your crawl space vents open during the winter. If temperatures drop below 25 degrees for an extended period, the vents may be closed to prevent freezing issues but should be opened once temperatures rise. The only exception is if your crawl space is encapsulated with a dehumidifier installed and then the vents are always keep closed.
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With winter approaching, I recommend home owners check the emergency heat function of their heat pump. When the temperature drops below 25 degrees F, the emergency heat is needed to keep the home warm. With our mild winter last year in SC, the heat pump would have kept the home warm without the need for the emergency/auxiliary heat. Recommend turning your thermostat to emergency heat only and determine if you get hot air from your registers.
For two or three story homes, the client may desire to have a drone inspection of the roof. The drone can fly over the roof and take pictures of the entire surface.
We are proud to announce that we have partnered with Spec Drones to offer drone inspections of roofs if desired by the client. Not every two or three story home requires this service but sometimes it could be a good additional step to take to ensure the roof surface is in good condition.
When buying a flip house beware! Many flippers do a good job remodeling and updating a house but there are many exceptions. Some flippers buy new kitchen appliances, paint, and possibly put down new flooring and list the home. Many times the work is done by someone who watches HGTV or cruises the internet and decide they are qualified to do the work. Typically, these jobs turn out to less than professional.
Also, many flippers focus on what appeals to buyers such as new appliances and granite counter tops with no regard to the important unseen items. All home renovations and new builds should begin with the outside structural concerns.
If you are considering buying a flip house, please hire a home inspector. We would prefer you hire us but please hire someone.
I am a full-time home inspector servicing all of South Carolina.