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Dilapidation Inspection

Many people looking to buy homes are okay with purchasing a fixer-upper property if they are getting it at a lower price. A cursory inspection may lead them to believe that the only thing the house needs is some minor carpentry work and maybe a fresh coat of paint and some other cosmetic enhancements.

While many prospective property owners hire professional building and pest inspectors to inspect the property for structural faults and pest infestations, many feel the additional expense to be a burden. But this can prove to be a big mistake.

There are times when a property will have significant faults and problems that cannot be identified by a simple visual inspection by you or a novice inspector. There are certain common problems that older properties have, such as:

#1 Foundation problems
A foundation problem isn’t as uncommon as many people believe it to be. If you notice any unevenness in the floor, it could indicate that the structure’s foundation needs significant repairs. The other more noticeable signs of weak foundations are jammed windows or doors and windows that stick or don’t lock properly. This indicates a sinking foundation in that spot.
#2 A leaking roof structure
If the roof is leaking, a complete replacement may sometimes be the only solution
#3 Decades-old wiring
If you are considering buying a home that’s over 20 years old, it’s best to get a licensed electrician to inspect the wiring and give you a report on its condition
#4 Termite infestations
These creatures are silent intruders that can cause extensive damage to the timber features on a property within a brief period.

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