To inspect means to observe. Anyone can observe or inspect anything. It just so happens that I have had training and practice looking for clues and indicators that lead me to observe more of the picture than most people. That being said, there are some things that anyone and everyone should be on the look-out for. Disclosure is the name of the game and if you can provide the knowledge, you wield the power of negotiation.
As an agent, building a rapport and providing professional knowledge is crucial to repeat business. From time to time, when the opportunity arises, I will be posting "Things Anyone can Inspect" to help you recognize when a problem might need to be disclosed or discussed.
I recently traveled to DeLand, FL to do an inspection on a mid-5o's concrete block home that had multiple "additions" in subsequent years.
This shows a trim piece designed to hide the seam in a plywood roof for an open air carport. Notice the water and rust staining around the trim piece bowing off the ceiling....... There has been consistent moisture in a place that should be dry.
This shows what happens to lapped siding when it's not properly sealed off.
Time to call a WDO expert (wood destroying organism) and know that you have water intrusion/damage in the roof system. Also be prepared to vacate any of squirrels, rats, birds, coons, that may have decided to seek shelter.
Ditto, ditto, ditto, and add careful evaluation of electrical system due to improper use of extension cord.
A piece of delaminated plywood used for the front siding - that is below ground level (no wood, siding or trim should be touching earth).
These are just a few from this dream home that sold for 30k cash. Both buyer and seller seemed happy. As long as everything is disclosed........any deal .......can be a win/win.