Be in the know — get a home inspection

Real Estate Watch

By CLINT FREEMAN, Coldwell Banker Best Realty

Every smart buyer and seller should have a home inspection when purchasing or selling. It makes practical sense to know the home you are dealing with even if you have lived in it for many years. Why wouldn’t you want an expert to thoroughly examine a high-dollar item you are purchasing or selling? Here are some items that will be inspected by a great home inspector.

Structure — The home’s “skeleton” should be able to stand up to weather, gravity and the earth that surrounds it. Structural components include items such as the foundation and the framing.

Exterior — The inspector will look at sidewalks, driveways, steps, windows, doors, siding, trim and surface drainage. Attached porches, decks and balconies should also be examined.

Roofing — A professional inspector will provide very important information about your roof, including its age, roof draining systems, buckled shingles and loose gutters and downspouts. They should also inform you of the condition of any skylights and chimneys as well as the potential for pooling water. But remember, a home inspector cannot certify a roof for an upcoming sale.

Plumbing — Your inspector will examine the water supply and note any leaks that are present. The inspection will include a simple pressure test on the sink and tub/shower drains. Poor water pressure, seeping faucets, slow-moving drains and leaking pipes may indicate larger problems.

Electrical — You should be informed of the condition of service entrance wires, service panels, breakers and fuses and disconnects. Also take note of the number of outlets in each room.

Heating and air conditioning — An inspector will check the central air system and ducted cooling equipment. During the fall and winter, it is best to winterize evaporative coolers in order that they can be properly tested. The inspector will also examine the water heater’s age, its energy rating and whether the size is adequate for the house.

Interiors — Your inspector will take a close look at walls, ceilings and floors; steps, stairways and railings; countertops and cabinets; and the garage’s interior. These areas can reveal leaks, insect damage, rot, construction defects and more.

Ventilation/insulation — Inspectors should check for adequate insulation and ventilation in the attic and in unfinished areas such as crawl spaces. Insulation should be appropriate for the age of the home. Without proper ventilation, excess moisture can lead to mold and water damage.

Fireplaces — They are very charming, but fireplaces can be dangerous if there are cracks in the firebox. Inspectors should examine the vent, the flue and if a spark arrestor is properly installed.

Need more info about home inspections? Give me a call, Clint Freeman, at 760-382-1082 and let’s talk further about the process.

RIDGECREST FACTS AS OF DECEMBER 2017

To date there are 103 homes on the market ranging from $79,000 to $579,000.

The past three months’ prices per square foot average of sold single-family homes are College Heights $151, NW $122, NE $120, SE $113, SW $120 and RC Heights $120.

CALIFORNIA FAST FACTS

The California median home price is $546,430, with the lowest median home price Lassen at $160,000. Ridgecrest’s is $201,700. The highest median home price by region is San Mateo at $1,522,500 (Source C.A.R)

Story First Published: 2017-12-15