House Inspection Horrors
When you are trying to sell a house everyone knows that the better it looks, the higher the price, but you wouldn’t believe some of the house inspection horrors we’ve seen. Often people do a mini renovation before putting their house on the market to try and add value to their home. However, some people have mistaken the definition of renovation for a cover up. Many buyers feel that they do not need to add to the expense of buying a house by booking an inspection. In turn, this has left many new homeowners with some scary surprises. Here are some of the horror patch-up jobs that house inspectors have come across. It certainly will not get past the team at House Inspections Melbourne!
1. Duct tape
Whilst duct tape is the universal fix it for most problems, your house shouldn’t be one of those things. Taping on your tiles is not only a visual eyesore, but it can cause some other pretty serious issues. The internal structure of the house is at risk of wet rot as duct tape is not exactly a waterproof material.
Taping your home’s beams back together is also something we wouldn’t recommend. You don’t want to be risking the structural integrity of your home. It’s also safe to say that any valid house inspector will be able to pick out your quick fix from a mile away!
2. Bad Tiling
These tiles look dreadful, as they have obviously been incorrectly installed. Besides that, the real concern here is that they will not divert water away from the house. Because of the direction of the tiles, rain will run behind them rendering them ineffective. Incorrectly installed tiles can cause wet rot and significant problems to the structure of a home. A house inspection may be able to reveal the extent of damage that this comical looking roof has caused.
Looking under the floor is not usually part of the open house, so you have no idea what the owners could be hiding under there. House Inspections Melbourne inspectors have found some pretty nasty things in the subfloor, but this carjack is a little concerning. The owners are using the car jack for structural support, to effectively hold up the house. In this instance it highlights the importance of getting a pre purchase inspection. As this type of defect would not be picked up by a buyer.
Other common subfloor findings include mold growth and flooring decay. This is bad for a number of reasons. Some of which include health issues that stem from being in the presence of mold and the deterioration of your home.
Don’t buy blind. While some of these examples seem obvious now, to the untrained eye and the excited new buyer they might be missed. House inspection horrors can be hidden anywhere, so don’t risk buying a duct taped and patched up home. Get the team at House Inspections Melbourne to take a look at your new home before some of these horrific problems become yours.