As a potential homebuyer, you have researched and sought out extensive advice on finances, suitable locations, work commute and other important factors concerning your needs. It is equally important and beneficial to understand the top ten factors that could affect your new home.
Before purchasing a home, it is necessary to hire a professional to perform a home inspection. It is also important to develop a good relationship with your inspector by playing an active role in the inspection process (for example, accompanying the inspector, keeping up-to-date with information).
Most houses contain at least one attic, sometimes two. Attics fill the space between the ceiling of the top floor and the slanted roof. Most are awkwardly shaped, hard to access, and have extensive issues due to neglect/improper care. Based on experiences, our company has found that less than 5% of homeowners access their attic.
Despite this, attics play an important role within a property by directly affecting temperature and moisture within the house. Below is a checklist used to inspect an attic.
• Look for stains, damage to structure
• Ensure sufficient insulation
• Look for adequate ventilation (moisture issues)
• Look for electrical issues (splices/missing junction box covers)
The reason for adequate ventilation is to allow air movement and control the temperature. Humidity is one of the main factors at play in the growth of mould.
Once discovered, attics issues can be fixed with adequate vent chutes, upgrades and proper installation of insulation, and mould remediation, which should be performed by a professional remediation company.
Stay tuned for more information following a range of topics to consider when purchasing a house.
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