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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.