Things to Look For When Buying a Home
Asbestos: Asbestos exposure (caused by inhaling loose asbestos fibers) is associated with various forms of lung disease. Though fire-resistant, its extremely fine fibers are easily inhaled, and exposure to them over a period of years has been linked to cancers of the lung or lung-cavity lining and to asbestosis a severe lung impairment. It is hazardous to your health when a possibility exists of exposure to inhalable fibers. Homeowners should be alert for friable (readily crumbled, brittle) asbestos and always seek professional advice in dealing with it.
Buckling: The bending of a building material as a result of wear and tear or contact with a substance such as water.
Working Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide detectors: CO. A colorless, odourless, highly poisonous gas formed by the incomplete combustion of carbon.
Condensation: Water condensing on walls, ceiling and pipes. Normal in areas of high humidity, usually controlled by ventilation or a dehumidifier to prevent damage.
Corrosion: The deterioration of metal by chemical or electrochemical reaction resulting from exposure to weathering, moisture, chemicals or other agents or media.
Decay: Disintegration of wood or other substance through the action of fungi.
Fungal Wood Rot: A common wood destroying organism which develops when wood containing material is exposed to moisture and poor air circulation for a long (6 months +) period of time. Often and incorrectly referred to as dry rot.
Lead Based Paint: Lead is a highly toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes. Lead may cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children 6 years old and under are most at risk, because their bodies are growing quickly.
Curling Roof Shingles: Fiberglass shingles typically last 15 – 17 years. Once a homes shingles start to curl deterioration advances rapidly and replacement will be soon required.
Interior Moisture Staining: Any moisture staining on exterior walls typically indicates there is a water issue. Baseboard trim is usually a good indicator of moisture being present as water stains are difficult to hide. Efforvescence on exposed concrete foundations is another indicator that water or moisture has passed through wall.
Crooked or Sloped Floors: This is common in older homes and is due to poor construction, inadequate supports or improper renovations.
The Cost of a Home Inspection is minimal considering the price of purchasing a home.