When you search for a new home to invest your money and life, there are many fundamentals people consider about the house itself. Is the HVAC system is up to par, the electrical and plumbing systems efficient, and doors and windows working? Buyers want to ensure the structure itself is in durable condition and there are no flaws or serious concerns. Few consider the crawl space and attic space and these areas should be included in the priorities. The experts of Lifeline Home Inspections ensure the crawlspace and attic is not overlooked as we conduct our comprehensive home inspection to make certain there are no problems. With this in mind, we would like to share the potential concerns in the crawlspace and attic that are frequently overlooked.
Rotted Roof Rafters or Damaged Support Wood Truss
In a roof inspection on its own, any defects that might be within the attic’s structure may not be discovered. Though the roof may appear strong and secure, it does not reflect the condition of the attic’s structure. The attic’s structure may be faced with broken or faulty rafters or trusses. A home inspection you can find this underlying problem.
Evidence of Smoke or Fire Damage
The discoloration of the natural wood from the rafters are often noticed during the inspection. This is an indication the house has a past fire/smoke event. A major fire likely occurred, in the event the wood is scorched or black.
Low Attic Insulation Levels
It is a common occurrence where the inspector discovers when the home is not sufficiently insulated. The primary problem that comes from poor insulation is the increasing higher cooling and heating costs. This can potentially be one of contributing factors whether you purchase the home or not. Making it an ideal quality on the other hand, the insulation may be efficient.
Signs of Water Damage
A rather expensive problem to fix, is having water damage in the attic or crawlspace. Inspectors typically look for water staining along the wood supports and the walls since water flows from the top down. This is likely an indication the roof has a leak or has had leaks.
Though many Georgia homes do not utilize a chimney for the most part, it is still common enough to mention. The interior of the chimney in full can be difficult to inspect so it is common for the inspector to inspect the solidity of the structure through gaining access in the attic. The durability of the chimney along with cracks in the bricks, crumbling mortar, and other signs of decay are looked for during the inspection process.
There are a number of rodents and wildlife that can be infesting the crawlspace and attic and they leave behind waste and other signs of damage. Health risks, loosen boards, and decay acceleration can be the end result.