While general home inspectors are good at finding the typical problems in a home, they often overlook the spaces hiding some expensive or even dangerous issues. Our attic and crawl space inspectors are expertly trained and experienced in exploring the hidden corners of your new home to see what problems may lurk within.
So, what does an attic or crawl space home inspector look for? Four main items.
First, we gauge how air is moving through the home. Our attic specialists inspect ductwork integrity, looking for any leaks, poor installation, or general wear and tear. An inspection could reveal if the HVAC system is not functioning properly, causing poor air circulation indoors and high utility bills. We can also spot the signs of a quick-fix and recommend a solution before you buy the home and spend thousands in repairs. Our specialists will also check out the crawl space. A dirty crawl space could impact the functioning of the HVAC system and the structural integrity of the home if not cleaned regularly.
Second, it’s essential to check for proper insulation. You’ll hear things like “R-Value” of the insulation in your new home. Our inspectors will translate that for you, explain whether or not the insulation meets expectations for your climate, and determine if everything is up to code. Codes change over the years, and so should your insulation. Our attic and crawl space home inspectors will tell you what you need to know and make sure your new home is properly insulated. If there has been a fire, our inspectors will be able to find the evidence. Water damage? Dirty or unsanitary insulation? Our attic and crawl space inspectors will know!
Next, our attic and crawl space home inspectors look for evidence of wildlife damage. If critters have been hiding in these appealing closed-off spaces, there will be tell-tale evidence of their unwanted occupation. If a rodent has gnawed through the insulation, wiring, around pipes, or through the insulation of your electrical wires, you’ll need to know and seek remediation!
Finally, we inspect the often-ignored areas of the home. Sure, at a glance, the attic might look fine. But a more in-depth attic inspection may reveal hidden issues. We inspect radiant barriers on the underside of the roof and on top of the floor insulation. Is there mold and moisture coming from the ceiling? This moisture could lead to damage and deterioration to the roof. Are there damaged floorboards in the attic? Evidence of water, pests, or fire damage? These hidden areas have a tale to tell; the new homeowner would be wise to listen!
A new home is the most expensive purchase you’ll likely ever make and the most significant investment you’ll maintain. As a homebuyer, you should know what it takes to get your attic and crawl spaces up to code.
Our attic and crawl space inspectors will give you peace of mind, knowing your investment is solid for years to come. Learn more about Attic Projects, get a custom estimate, or call us for free advice today at 858-923-4083.
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