14 Major Concerns you NEED to keep an eye out for!

At RGC Inspections, we only want you to have to pay for one home inspection when you buy your next home. This is why we have created the ultimate list of 14 major concerns you NEED to look for when viewing homes so that you don’t put an offer in on a money pit.

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1: Are the Driveway and Sidewalk in Good Condition?

As you walk up to every property you go to view, we recommend looking at the driveway and sidewalk of each one. While it may seem easy to ignore you don’t want them to slope towards the house. As the water drains or snow melts and makes it back to the house it can cause issues with the foundation over time.

2: Any large trees close to the building/foundation?

With large trees the roots can cause problems with foundations over time. Ensure that any large trees are a fair enough distance away from the home that you want to buy so that you won’t have to repair the foundation later down the road.

3: Any Cracks in the Foundation?

The foundation of your home is by far one of the most critical elements to the health of your home. It is also one of the most expensive items to repair if that were ever to happen. Always take a quick walk around the house and see if you can see any cracks around the ground level and ask your inspector if something concerns you.

4: Is the main breaker at the Electrical Panel 100 amp?

If you are buying a newer property, then this is not something that should worry you as most new homes have either 100 amp panels or 200 amp panels. This number determines how much electrical load your home can handle. If you don’t have enough power you can overload or over work your electrical panel and you will find that you trip breakers more often which is not fun to have to reset.

5: What type of furnace does the home have?

Replacing the furnace can be a pricey touch. If the home has a new furnace it will likely be more efficient than anything produced 20 years ago. With a high efficiency furnace you can expect to save more money in the long run over an older natural gas furnace.

6: Is there a musty smell in the basement?

A musty smell may indicate that there has been water damage to the basement, and with water damage if you don’t clean it up and remove the moisture from the air it can lead to mould or other environmental concerns that you want to protect your family from. If there is a strange smell in the basement be sure to ask your edmonton home inspector to check for mould while he is on the property.

7: Are the shingles worn or curled?

When you get a commercial inspection with RGC Inspections we provide you with a replacement cost estimate for the mechanical systems that are likely to break down. This allows you to plan for them in advance removing more risk from the ownership of the building.

8: Are the window wells clean of debris?

When you get a commercial inspection with RGC Inspections we provide you with a replacement cost estimate for the mechanical systems that are likely to break down. This allows you to plan for them in advance removing more risk from the ownership of the building.

9: Are the exposed wood surfaces well painted?

When you get a commercial inspection with RGC Inspections we provide you with a replacement cost estimate for the mechanical systems that are likely to break down. This allows you to plan for them in advance removing more risk from the ownership of the building.

10: Are the wall surfaces in good condition?

When you get a commercial inspection with RGC Inspections we provide you with a replacement cost estimate for the mechanical systems that are likely to break down. This allows you to plan for them in advance removing more risk from the ownership of the building.

11: Are there cracks in the walls or ceiling?

When you get a commercial inspection with RGC Inspections we provide you with a replacement cost estimate for the mechanical systems that are likely to break down. This allows you to plan for them in advance removing more risk from the ownership of the building.

12: Any water stains on ceiling and walls?

When you get a commercial inspection with RGC Inspections we provide you with a replacement cost estimate for the mechanical systems that are likely to break down. This allows you to plan for them in advance removing more risk from the ownership of the building.

13: Are the floors level?

When you get a commercial inspection with RGC Inspections we provide you with a replacement cost estimate for the mechanical systems that are likely to break down. This allows you to plan for them in advance removing more risk from the ownership of the building.

14: Are there cracks in the basement floor?

When you get a commercial inspection with RGC Inspections we provide you with a replacement cost estimate for the mechanical systems that are likely to break down. This allows you to plan for them in advance removing more risk from the ownership of the building.