When you buy a home, part of the closing process involves inspecting the home and making a list of things that need to be repaired or that you want changed. It is difficult to find all the problems that a home has on your own. There are inspection services that will help you make a list of things that need to be repaired. Here are some of the problems that you want to look for in a home before you move your family in.
1. Checking the Exterior for Drainage, Landscaping, and Water Problems
The exterior landscaping is a place where problems are often found. You want to inspect things like drainage, septic systems and problems like erosion. Since repairing these problems often requires moving earth or dealing with waste materials form something like a septic system, it is important to get the proper building permits before you begin with these repairs.
2. Making Sure That Mechanical Systems Pass an Inspection and Work Properly
Mechanical systems in homes are often outdated or may be in need of repair. Things like electrical wiring that is outdated may be a hazard. You want to make sure that all the mechanical systems are up to date with modern building standards and working properly. In addition, remember that changes to some of these systems may require you to have a building permit and an inspection to make sure they are correctly done.
3. Looking for Signs of Leaks and Water Damage That May Cause Mold Problems
There are a lot of places around your home where leaks can develop. You want to check the roof and other common areas for leaks that need to be repaired. In addition to the common areas, inspect the foundation, plumbing and other places where leaks can develop. A leak that gets overlooked can quickly lead to mold problems and costly repairs that you may need to have done.
4. Lists of Cosmetic Problems and Safety or Structural Issues That Need to Be Addressed
There are also cosmetic problems that may need to be addressed, such as repairing a loose piece of siding or replacing a broken light fixture. In addition to the cosmetic problems, issues like outdated railings, old failing decks or mold can be safety issues that need to be repaired and may require a building permit before you get started with the repairs.
Finding and repairing problems before you move into a new home will ensure that your family is safe. If you have recently bought a home and work needs to be done, contact a construction permit service like Askenvironmental, Inc to get the proper permits before you start with major repairs.