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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.

lexington home inspection garage

At Absolute Home Inspection, we are committed to providing a thorough evaluation of a home’s structure and systems including electrical, plumbing, appliances, basement, attic, and roof. We also inspect the grounds and report how the grade may affect the foundation as well as the condition of entrances and walkways. Another space we evaluate is the garage, covered parking area or carport. Here are things we look for when inspecting the garage:

Regardless of whether it is detached or attached, we will inspect the roof and note the type and age of the shingles. We will also note the condition of the gutters, eaves, siding and trim. We may recommend repairs, replacement or painting.

Our report will classify the material and condition of the floor. If there is a gas hot water heater in the garage, we will confirm that the burners are at least 18 inches above the floor. This is a requirement for all residential garage gas water heaters unless they are specially designed to be resistant to flammable vapors.

We note the presence of an automatic door opener, if it is operable, and test the safety reverse mechanism.

Our thorough evaluation of the covered parking area includes checking the electrical outlets for open ground or reverse polarity, and testing any GFCI plugs. We look for moisture stains and cracks when inspecting the ceilings and fire separation walls.

Finally, when inspecting the garage our technicians evaluate the composition and condition of the overhead doors and will report any missing or damaged weatherstripping. Exterior service doors are also inspected.

Buying a home in the Lexington Ky area? Contact Absolute Home Inspection to provide a thorough analysis of your home.

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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At Absolute Home Inspection, we pride ourselves on providing the best possible service before, during and after the inspection. When we inspect your home, we want you to be relaxed and confident that you’ve hired a professional home inspection company that will deliver results honestly and quickly.

Our commitment to providing high quality service starts on our website, brochure and business cards. All of our materials contains our motto of “Prompt, Professional, Courteous…Absolute.” We also state that if you’ll give us 1% of your trust, we will earn the other 99%. You will find that our website describes the strict code of ethics that we adhere to as laid out by the National Association of Home Inspectors.

We answer the phone when you call, or return your call quickly. When you fill out our online quote request, you will hear from us in a timely manner.

Home inspections will be scheduled as soon as possible because we understand how important this piece is in the home buying process. You are welcome to meet with the technician on site after we inspect your home. He can explain any issues in further detail as well as explain why an area received a particular rating.

A full report with photos will be emailed to you within 24 hours of inspection. The report will summarize the overall condition of the property. Each area of the home will also receive a summary, condition rating and/or a recommendation for repair or maintenance.

Request your free quote online or call us at 859.230.1450.

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.

we inspect your home and grounds

We inspect your home and so much more! We will even note if the sidewalk poses a trip hazard.

At Absolute Home Inspection, we inspect all the components of your home that you would expect: the HVAC system, appliances, electrical, plumbing, roof and the foundation. We pride ourselves in providing a very thorough inspection of the house and property – even inspecting some areas that may surprise you. For example, did you know that we inspect the grounds around your home and even the driveway?  Here are some of the details we evaluate when we inspect your home:

 

Service or Entrance Walls and Walkways

We will note the construction materials used, such as if they are brick, concrete, flagstone, etc, and if the public or private sidewalks present a trip hazard. In Lexington, public sidewalk maintenance is the homeowner’s responsibility. We will report any cracks or walkway problems and note those that are in need of repair.

 

Fencing

Our inspection includes a survey of any fences or walls on the property. We will note whether they are composed of brick, block, wood, metal, or vinyl. If the condition of a metal fence is rusted we will note that as well as any loose blocks or caps in masonry walls, and any missing or damaged planks in wood fencing.

 

Landscaping

We will evaluate the role landscaping plays regarding your foundation. We will report any negative grades causing water to flow towards your home rather than away from it. We will also recommend basement window wells or covers, if needed, and if trees or shrubs need to be cut back to enable better drainage. We will even note if there is an improperly stacked woodpile too close to the home that could attract termites.

 

 

At Absolute Home Inspection, you can be confident that when we inspect your home we will do a complete and thorough job looking at all of the details that affect your investment. Contact us 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.