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If you are purchasing an older home, the electrical wiring may be out of date, there may be water damage to the foundation, or even serious safety concerns.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

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 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.