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With winter behind us and mild weather in the forecast, it’s the perfect time of year to do a quick assessment of your home. If you’re considering putting your home on the market, stay on top of its maintenance so you won’t be taken by surprise during the home inspection. Here, are our top tips for sprucing up your property during springtime.

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Buying or building a brand new home is an exciting experience. You may feel confident about purchasing a new property, as you won’t have to worry about the effects of wear and tear or poor upkeep. However, it’s still important to have the home inspected, and pre-drywall inspections are recommended for peace of mind. While many new properties will pass with flying colors, it’s best to be aware of problems as soon as possible. When you opt for a pre-drywall inspection, your builder will be able to correct any issues before proceeding with construction.

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If the home that you’re planning to buy or sell has an attached stairway or walkway, it’s imperative for your inspector to cover this area. Uneven steps and walkways can cause disastrous injuries if left unaddressed, so it’s crucial to examine these items before proceeding with the sale. Here, we share the details that your home evaluator will look for during the inspection.

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The floors are important to many interested buyers, but this component of the house offers more than just a pleasing aesthetic. Here, we share the details on why this part of the home is so essential to structural integrity and what your inspector will look for.

The Floor’s Function 

When house hunting, it’s nice to see a property that boasts gleaming hardwood or tile flooring. However, there’s more than meets the eye—while the floor may look excellent at first glance, a home inspector may be able to reveal hidden structural problems after examining the crawl space. A well-constructed property must have an expertly crafted floor structure that complies with building codes. While a home inspection isn’t the same as a code inspection, your home evaluator will likely be able to point out issues with the following flooring factors.

Floor Strength 

There are two primary types of floor construction: suspended floors made of wood, and floors that lie on top of a concrete slab. It’s common for most Colorado houses to have framing over a basement or crawlspace rather than post tension slabs. Regardless of the type that’s installed in the home that you’re selling or considering buying, it’s vital to schedule an inspection. During this step, the inspector will examine the strength of the floor and take note of any soft spots. In some cases, the presence of a soft spot indicates rotting wood or an infestation of harmful insects. If there’s a crawl space available, the home evaluator will closely scrutinize the area and point out any structural flaws. In our state, problems with non-structural concrete flooring are usually seen in the basement slab, garage, or walkway.

Rigidity and Slope of the Flooring 

If the flooring is too flexible, it’s possible for the floorboards to break or become unstable. During the process of checking this area, your inspector will examine the maximum allowable deflection of the joist, as illustrated in this article. 

While strength and rigidity are indicators of high quality flooring, the slope is even more critical. If the slope angle is incorrect, the floor won’t be able to support a sufficient amount of weight. A dip in the floor will likely be noticeable, but it’s still wise to have the property examined from top to bottom. A qualified evaluator will notice subtle issues that could interfere with the structural integrity of the property.

If you’re ready to move forward in the buying or selling process, our team at Homerun Inspection is here to help. Based in Denver, we offer outstanding service from certified inspectors. To schedule an evaluation, please give us a call or book an appointment online.

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There’s a lot more than meets the eye when it comes to window conditions. There are quite a few problems to watch out for, and some of them are more costly than you might expect. Since  windows can affect energy efficiency and moisture within the home, inspectors take a careful look at this component. Here, we reveal a few of the most common window-related problems that experienced evaluators find.

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Several important factors will be covered during the home inspection to ensure that the home you’re planning to purchase is safe and secure. Here, we share the details on what to look for if you’re a buyer, and how to maintain the security features if you’re putting your home on the market soon. Continue reading Security Features That Your Home Inspector Will Evaluate

Scheduling a home inspection is a must before buying or selling a home. However, many individuals are unaware of what a typical evaluation entails. To learn more about what to expect during an inspection, take a look at the guidelines we’ve provided below.

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The inspection is one of the most important steps to take before buying or selling a home. During the evaluation, the inspector will take a look at nearly every area of the house and determine if it’s in working order. If you’re thinking about selling your home anytime soon, you can take action now to prevent common appliance issues that may arise. Below, you’ll find an overview of what to expect from the assessment and how you can keep your appliances in excellent shape for the next buyer.

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Buying or selling a home comes with an element of uncertainty. Before closing, it’s important for both the buyer and seller to agree to an inspection so all parties are aware of the home’s condition. During the evaluation, your inspector will take a look at the major aspects of the property. Here, we’ll cover the basics about what to expect from a sewer inspection, and why it’s so essential to have this vital component.

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Deck Maintenance Tips

Photo courtesy of Unsplash under Creative Commons 0 licenseIf you’re planning to list your home for sale, it’s important to start thinking about maintenance and repairs. During the home assessment, the inspector will take a thorough look at each part of the house and take note of any concerns. If your property has an attached deck, be sure to keep it well maintained prior to the inspection to improve the chances of positive results. Here, you’ll find a list of suggestions on how to properly care for this area.

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