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Home Inspection tips for Buyers, Sellers, and Realtors

Home inspections are very important when you are considering purchasing real estate. A home inspection can also be a good idea if you are considering selling your home. If you are putting a home on the market, Golden Gate Home Inspections can give you an idea of any issues your home may have, providing you the opportunity to make necessary repairs and get you the best price in the selling process. And if you’re buying a property, our home inspection reports can help you make a more informed purchasing decision. 

We’ve put together a list of articles for you that we hope can help you understand the process of home inspections and get prepared for your next home inspection. As a wise realtor once said….what kills deals is surprises, so we hope that some of the content listed below can help you be more prepared for your next home purchase, listing, or renovation project. 

Foundation Cracking
From the Field

Foundation Cracking: Minor

Foundation cracking is normal in most homes. Sometimes the cracking is due to concrete shrinkage but sometimes it’s due to settling of the home or the lot itself. The cracks in this foundation would be considered minor and something to monitor over time. If this crack widens, then we would recommend contacting a structural engineer to evaluate the cause and propose suggestions for repair. If you’re concerned about the condition of your foundation, contact us to schedule a foundation inspection.

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rusted scupper
From the Field

Rusted Scuppers can Lead to Moisture Intrusion

Rusted scuppers are a sign that the roof is in need of service. Rusted scuppers can allow moisture to go where it’s not intended. We recommend that all of the roof’s drainage elements be changed when you get a new roof.

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From the Field

Missing Ridge Shingles

Ridge shingles are the first layer of defense against moisture intrusion. In this example, you can see that roof shingles are missing which can lead to moisture intrusion into the attic and eventually the home. Getting a roof inspection can help locate issues such as these and help prevent costly damage to the home’s interior.

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