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A Lexington Ky Home Inspector Sometimes Delivers Bad News

If you are in the process of buying a home, you’ve probably heard advice to “hire experts” to help you navigate the process. Whether it is arranging pre-approval for your home loan with your bank representative or choosing a Realtor with years of experience, these professionals have knowledge that will help you. When you hire a Lexington Ky home inspector, remember that you may receive good news or some unwelcome news.

A professional home inspector works for you – not the seller, not the Realtor. His/her job is to provide a thorough evaluation of the home that arms you with information so you can decide your next step. Absolute Home Inspection is committed to providing an honest and thorough assessment. In the process of inspecting Lexington Ky homes, we sometimes have to be the bearer of bad news. No matter what the inspection reveals, you are saving yourself from future problems by gaining the knowledge that leads to either canceling the deal or renegotiating.

Prospective home buyers often fall in love with their finds too quickly and have a tough time hearing that what they thought was a good deal actually has some serious flaws. They do not want to hear that their “dream home” is – quite literally – on a shaky foundation or has other serious issues. Any home, new or old has the potential to have problems that could be deal breakers.

It’s wise to wait before committing with your heart to a potential home until you get the results from the home inspector. If you are shopping for a home in the area, contact the best Lexington Ky home inspector in the business, Absolute Home Inspection.

Absolute Home Inspection performs residential and commercial inspections including air quality, termite, and radon inspections in the Lexington and Central Kentucky area. Our professional home inspections enable you to make an informed decision when buying a home in Lexington, Winchester, Paris, Georgetown, Versailles, Midway, Frankfort, Nicholasville, Berea and Richmond, Kentucky. Contact us for your free quote.

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Are you buying a home in Lexington Ky? There are many things to consider before making your purchase such as floor plans, neighborhoods, schools, traffic, crime, amenities, and so forth. When you factor in the financing, negotiations, and actually moving into the house, the entire process is ranked as a stressful life event. Experts recommend you take a proactive approach to home shopping in order to help things go as smoothly as possible. Make a budget. Get pre-approved for a mortgage loan. And hire a professional home inspector before finalizing any deal.

If you are buying new construction, you may not think you need a home inspection. However, there are many potential problems with a brand new home as it has never been lived in. When we inspect your home we will test your heating and cooling systems as well as every appliance. We will make sure the outlets are grounded and test for carbon monoxide leaks.

If you are purchasing an older home, the electrical wiring may be out of date, there may be water damage to the foundation, or even serious safety concerns.

No matter how old your home is, we will conduct a thorough home inspection inside and outside your home including the roof, foundation, garage, attic and much more. If you are buying a home in the Lexington Ky area, call Absolute Home Inspection to reduce the stress that surrounds this major purchase. We will proudly provide peace of mind with our thorough reports. Get your free quote today.

Absolute Home Inspection performs residential and commercial inspections including air quality, termite, and radon inspections in the Lexington and Central Kentucky area. Our professional home inspections enable you to make an informed decision when buying a home in Lexington, Winchester, Paris, Georgetown, Versailles, Midway, Frankfort, Nicholasville, Berea and Richmond, Kentucky. Contact us for your free quote.

 

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Last week we wrote about Four Lexington Ky Home Inspection Red Flags. These conditions can be so expensive to remedy that buyers may choose to renegotiate the sale price of the home or walk away from the deal entirely. The four red flags are structural problems, roof replacement, water damage, and unsafe electrical wiring. If a home inspector reports that the home needs to be rewired, here are some things you should know:

Replacing a home’s electrical systems is generally only a concern when purchasing a home constructed before 1965. Original wires may not be properly grounded and may not be able to handle the high demands of today’s flat screen TVs, computers, and appliances. The home’s fuse or breaker box may need to be replaced with one of upgraded capacity. Older homes may have only 60-100 amps of service while the standard today is a minimum of 200.

Outdated wiring is a safety risk. The U.S. Fire Administration reports 25,900 residential electrical fires each year.

Rewiring involves replacing the old wire and even adding additional outlets in each room. GFCI safety outlets may be installed in the kitchen and bathrooms as well. Costs quickly ramp up if walls need to be torn down in order to remove the old wire. It will be cheaper if an electrician can thread the wires in place via a small hole in each wall. Expect to pay $8,000 to $15,000 to rewire a 2,000 square foot home.

Whether you are buying a historic home or new construction, be sure to hire us as your Lexington Ky Home Inspector.

Absolute Home Inspection performs residential and commercial inspections including air quality, termite, and radon inspections in the Lexington and Central Kentucky area. Our professional home inspections enable you to make an informed decision when buying a home in Lexington, Winchester, Paris, Georgetown, Versailles, Midway, Frankfort, Nicholasville, Berea and Richmond, Kentucky. Contact us for your free quote.

 

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The purpose of a professional home inspection is to uncover any repair, maintenance or safety issues that may affect the buyer’s perceived value of the property. The report may be used as a negotiating tool to ask the seller to perform repairs or reduce the sale price. Here are four Lexington Ky home inspection red flags:

 

Structural and Foundation Problems

Your home is only as strong as its support system. Repairing a weak, crumbling foundation can be an expensive endeavor, made even more complicated if it is a historic building.

 

Water Damage

The presence of mold, rotted wood and standing water is another cause for concern. Mold is a health hazard and can be difficult to eradicate. Some water problems can be corrected by making minor changes to the drainage system such as replacing a gutter. However, many moisture issues and the resulting damage are difficult to resolve cheaply.

 

Roof Replacement

A new roof can cost $5000 and up if there are triple layers of shingles to remove, and rotted wood needs replacement. A roof that is steep or particularly high costs more.

 

Unsafe Electrical Wiring

If the home’s electrical system is out of date, the circuits are overloaded, or there are major safety or code violations, these problems may represent a fire hazard.

 

Prospective buyers should insist that their sales contract include a home inspection contingency that allows them to walk away from the deal if the report uncovers major problems.

Contact Absolute Home Inspection for your Lexington Ky home inspection needs.

Absolute Home Inspection performs residential and commercial inspections including air quality, termite, and radon inspections in the Lexington and Central Kentucky area. Our professional home inspections enable you to make an informed decision when buying a home in Lexington, Winchester, Paris, Georgetown, Versailles, Midway, Frankfort, Nicholasville, Berea and Richmond, Kentucky. Contact us for your free quote.

lexington ky home inspection

When you are looking for a Lexington Ky Home Inspector, choose Absolute Home Inspection. We know that some of the worst consumer experiences revolve around lack of communication, broken promises, unmet expectations, and missed deadlines. That’s why our motto is “Prompt, Professional, Courteous…Absolute.”

 

Prompt

We set ourselves apart from the competition by our rapid response from start to finish. We answer the phone and return phone calls quickly. We know that the home buying process can be stressful and in many cases the entire transaction hinges on the home inspection evaluation. That’s why we schedule inspections as soon as possible, choosing times that are most convenient for the home buyer. We arrive promptly at the designated time. Realtors who have worked with other home inspection companies are often pleasantly surprised that our full report – with photos – is emailed to the buyer usually within a scant 24 hours of the home inspection. At Absolute Home Inspection, we are especially proud of our fast delivery of the complete report!

 

Professional

All of our technicians are  thoroughly trained to provide a complete analysis of the home. Continuing education ensures they stay current on the latest building codes, safety alerts, and home inspection industry standards. The multi-page report you receive will detail areas of concern and have a quick summary of the property’s condition.

 

Courteous

We are committed to providing good, courteous, customer service throughout the entire process.

 

If you are looking for the best Lexington Ky Home Inspector, give us a call at 859.230.1450 or request a free quote.

Absolute Home Inspection performs residential and commercial inspections including air quality, termite, and radon inspections in the Lexington and Central Kentucky area. Our professional home inspections enable you to make an informed decision when buying a home in Lexington, Winchester, Paris, Georgetown, Versailles, Midway, Frankfort, Nicholasville, Berea and Richmond, Kentucky. Contact us for your free quote.

first time home buyer lexington ky home inspection

Real estate experts recommend a professional home inspection for everyone who is buying a home. This is especially important for first time homebuyers. People who have never owned a home before are less likely to be familiar with costly repairs, structural problems, and other issues that a home inspector may uncover.  Here are three reasons why a first time home buyer should get a home inspection:

 

1. Learn what maintenance or repairs are needed

First time home buyers should make the offer on the home contingent on the outcome of a professional home inspection. Estimated costs of repairs can be deducted from the cost of the home, or the seller may agree to get the work done before the sale is completed. The buyer may also retain the right to walk away from the deal based on the home inspectors report. Be sure to discuss these options with your Realtor before making your offer. Your agent will write the terms into the offer.

 

2. Gain understanding about the care of the home

The first time home buyers should plan to meet with the technician towards the end of the home inspection. The inspector can point out the location of safety outlets, furnace filters, and point out areas for regular attention such as ground slope around the foundation.

 

3. Have peace of mind

Buying a home is more than likely the most expensive purchase a first time buyer has ever made. A professional home inspection gives the buyer  peace of mind by knowing the house has been thoroughly checked including the roof, attic, foundation, electrical, plumbing, all the appliances and more.

Choose Absolute Home Inspection for your Lexington Ky home inspection needs.

Absolute Home Inspection performs residential and commercial inspections including air quality, termite, and radon inspections in the Lexington and Central Kentucky area. Our professional home inspections enable you to make an informed decision when buying a home in Lexington, Winchester, Paris, Georgetown, Versailles, Midway, Frankfort, Nicholasville, Berea and Richmond, Kentucky. Contact us for your free quote.

lexington ky home inspection

Your home is probably the biggest purchase of your life. The process of selecting a home and making a decision can be stressful – especially when worrying about making a mistake. Experts recommend that you have the home inspected before committing to the purchase. At Absolute Home Inspection, we provide you with a thorough evaluation as soon as possible so that you can have peace of mind about your purchase – or your decision to move on and continue your search. Here are five components of a professional Lexington Ky home inspection:

 

The Roof

While many home inspectors simply look at the roof from the ground using binoculars, we walk the roof whenever possible. We know this is an important (and potentially expensive) area that you will likely never see.

The Foundation

One of the most expensive home repairs is work done to the foundation, which supports the entire home. We do a thorough inspection even noting if there are landscaping or drainage issues affecting the foundation.

The Exterior

We also inspect the home’s exterior which is another potentially expensive area. We will note if it needs paint, repairs or maintenance.

Driveways, Walkways & More

We inspect driveways, sidewalks, entrance masonry, porch, patio, deck, and the garage looking for any safety, maintenance or repair issues.

The Interior

The electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling systems as well as the kitchen appliances and fireplaces will be evaluated as part of our home service. We will locate any GFCI safety outlets and note any safety hazards.

 

Contact us when you are ready for a thorough Lexington Ky home inspection. Follow this link for a free quote.

 

Absolute Home Inspection performs residential and commercial inspections including air quality, termite, and radon inspections in the Lexington and Central Kentucky area. Our professional home inspections enable you to make an informed decision when buying a home in Lexington, Winchester, Paris, Georgetown, Versailles, Midway, Frankfort, Nicholasville, Berea and Richmond, Kentucky. Contact us for your free quote.

lexington ky home inspection

Last week, we wrote about one of the main reasons for having a Lexington Ky Home Inspection: to know up front about the possibility of needed home repairs before buying a house. Replacing the timber supports and repairing a foundation were just two of the most expensive home repairs. Here are some more:

 

Roof repairs

The roof is probably the one area prospective home buyers never get to see. And yet a replacement can easily be the most costly expense an owner will ever have to endure. At Absolute Home Inspection, we pride ourselves in providing a thorough roof evaluation as part of our normal home inspection. Unlike other companies, we do not view your roof from the ground using binoculars. We actually walk the entire roof, when possible, looking for any trouble spots or areas of concern. Our report will note the age of the roof, the average life expectancy, the condition of the valleys and chimney flashing, and if sealing, repairs, or roof replacement is needed. Putting a new roof on a house can cost upwards of $6000.

 

Exterior repairs

Another expensive area is maintenance of the home exterior. Does the home need repainting? Are the window sills rotted? Does the vinyl siding have holes or need repair? Our Lexington Ky home inspection includes an analysis of the exterior walls as well as eaves, soffits, facias, porches, and decks. The typical cost to paint a home exterior ranges from $3,000 to $8,000.

 

Gain peace of mind when buying a home in the Lexington Ky area. Choose Absolute Home Inspection to evaluate the house and surrounding property.

Absolute Home Inspection performs residential and commercial inspections including air quality, termite, and radon inspections in the Lexington and Central Kentucky area. Our professional home inspections enable you to make an informed decision when buying a home in Lexington, Winchester, Paris, Georgetown, Versailles, Midway, Frankfort, Nicholasville, Berea and Richmond, Kentucky. Contact us for your free quote.

most expensive home repairs in lexington ky home inspection

If you are in the process of buying a home, you may be wondering if it is worth it to have a professional home inspection. Most real estate agents and home buying experts will recommend a home inspection for two big reasons. One, to uncover possible safety hazards, and two, to find maintenance issues that may need attention.

A home inspection can alert you to major repairs that are needed in or around the home. You may choose to go ahead and buy the home, renegotiate the purchase price, or cancel the deal and continue in your search.

Here are just two of the most expensive home repairs:

 

Foundation

Problems with the structural foundation of the home that are causing leaks to the basement or other areas are difficult to fix. There may be flaws with new construction which cause water to get in, or over time walls may have cracked and settled in older homes. A cracked foundation can cost $10,000 or more to correct.

 

Stumps

Timber beams that support a home, called stumps, may need to be replaced if they are rotted or defective. One indication that something is not right is if there is a lot of vibration when walking across the main floor. This is a costly repair that if not done correctly could adversely affect the home’s leveling.

 

If you are considering having a Lexington Ky home inspection, know that part of the service we offer is peace of mind knowing that your future home has been thoroughly checked and evaluated. You’ll receive a detailed written report within 24 hours of inspection.

Are you planning to purchase a home in the area? Contact us for your Lexington Ky home inspection.

Absolute Home Inspection performs residential and commercial inspections including air quality, termite, and radon inspections in the Lexington and Central Kentucky area. Our professional home inspections enable you to make an informed decision when buying a home in Lexington, Winchester, Paris, Georgetown, Versailles, Midway, Frankfort, Nicholasville, Berea and Richmond, Kentucky. Contact us for your free quote.

lexington ky home inspection safety issues

Ask anyone why you should get a home inspection when buying a new home. Most will respond, “To ensure that everything is working and there aren’t any major repairs needed,” or some variation of that. At Absolute Home Inspection, we check all parts of the home including wiring and electrical, plumbing, appliances, roof, garage, and the grounds. All of our Lexington Ky home inspections include alerting home buyers to any safety issues.

Our report will note safety and building code violations such as the presence of a hot tub on an inadequately reinforced balcony, improper gas hot water heater ventilation, and blocked exits. We keep informed of the Lexington-Fayette County building codes so that we can report if a hallway is too narrow, stairway treads not deep enough, or if porch railings are not high enough. The seller may unknowingly compromise the home’s safety when making changes such as adding safety bars to a bathroom window or blocking a fire escape. A common safety issue is the use of bare bulbs in clothes closets. Incandescent bulbs get very hot and can start a fire when they come into contact with combustible materials.

If you are in the process of buying a home, choose Absolute Home Inspection to gain peace of mind. Our detailed report will note the condition of the major components as well as any unsafe areas. We deliver the report to you via email within 24 hours and include a summary with photos.

Absolute Home Inspection performs residential and commercial inspections including air quality, termite, and radon inspections in the Lexington and Central Kentucky area. Our professional home inspections enable you to make an informed decision when buying a home in Lexington, Winchester, Paris, Georgetown, Versailles, Midway, Frankfort, Nicholasville, Berea and Richmond, Kentucky. Contact us for your free quote.