While we’d like to think a new home should be in tip-top shape, this is not always the case. There are some contractors who skimp on the job, leaving behind mistakes for the home inspector to discover before you move in.
As experienced general contractors in Ocala, Florida, we at Tallen Builders always make sure our homes are built the right way. But it’s always a good idea to have your new home inspected before making a purchase.
We’ve compiled a list of the most common problems found during home inspections so you know what to look out for before calling a house your home sweet home.
Proper drainage systems are incredibly important for any home. If water cannot successfully move away from the home, you’ll end up with dry rot and mold, which can cause severe structural damage. Once there is water damage, there’s no real way to fix over it. You’ll end up spending a fortune replacing the damaged areas. Improper drainage is one of the most common issues home inspectors find. To ensure that your house stays free of toxic mold and cracked slabs, make sure that the property your home is on slopes away from the home. Also inspect to make sure the gutter system is up to par around the entire home.
Faulty Electrical Wiring
A shoddy wiring job can greatly increase the risk of a fire in your home. In older homes, wires running from room to room would place a strain on the electrical system, which could ultimately lead to a fire. Luckily, modern homes provide many more outlets to alleviate this problem.
If you are purchasing a new home, still be wary. Exposed wires can be found in any home, regardless of age, which leaves them very susceptible to damage. Wires that are covered by only electrical tape aren’t any better.
Old or Damaged Roof
An older roof or damaged roof is susceptible to leakage and then water damage. In an older roof, look out for worn out roofing materials that can no longer stand up to the elements. In new homes, make sure the flashing is properly installed. (For those who don’t know, flashing is an impervious material used to stop water from getting in the junction between a roof and another surface, such as a wall or chimney). If you do see damage in certain areas of the roof, don’t just fix those areas and be done with it. There’s a good chance you’ll need to deal with water damage underneath as well. With a new home from Tallen Builders, LLC, you’ll have a roof that’s worry-free for years.
Sometimes homes are over sealed, with the idea that less openings there are, the more energy will be saved. While this does help keep heating and air in, it also keeps in moisture. Excessive moisture can cause damage to the structure of the home. This is one of the last places you want to see damage! Poor ventilation in bathrooms is another area to watch for, as all the extra moisture will lead to mildew if it has nowhere to go.
In older homes, outdated piping materials could be a problem. Many older homes have galvanized pipes in them which corrode over time and prevent water from getting through. Polybutelene is another type of outdated piping to look for. In both new and old homes, check for faulty pipelines, improperly strapped water heaters and leaky waste lines.
With a philosophy of providing excellence, quality and great service, you can trust a Tallen Builder’s home to be in great condition from the start. Whether you’re interested in building a home or commercial property in Central Florida, we are the general contractors for the job. Contact us online or give us a call. You can also reach us on any of our social media channels!
— Tallen Builders (@TallenBuilders) September 11, 2014