LPM HOME INSPECTION DIY TIPS - CEILING INSPECTIONS

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Home Inspector with LPM Home Inspections, Inc.

As mentioned earlier, I'll be giving you a few tips on what to look for when performing the final walk through of a house or condo before you go to closing.  Remember, you only have a little while to examine the house and make a punch list of needed fixes during the walk through.  Once you move in, you'll have years to find things that you'd have had fixed if only you'd noticed them before closing.  Something wrong can be a source of constant irritation once you move in and then notice it.  Take your time and look around.  It'll save you a lot of aggravation later.

Most people only look straight ahead or only at eye level during the walk through.  Lift your head.  Raise your eyes.  Take a moment to look at the ceiling, you know, that big, wide expanse above your head. 

Here are a few things to look for that can drive you to drink:

Flat Drywall Ceiling

                No bows, sags, unfinished or poor repairs;

                No wrinkled or visible joint tape;    

                Free of nail or screw pops;

                No water stains (usually rust or yellow colored) - they can be caused by serious defects

                Look for paint smears near the walls.

Sprayed-On Ceilings

                Drywall should be completely covered, no bare spots;

                Walls should be free of overspray;

                No sags or loose surface;

                No evidence of water stains;

                No wall paint smears.

Drop Ceilings

Check tile alignment against the wall to be sure it's been installed straight.  If it's misaligned, one of them is crooked;

Make sure tiles are level with each other;

Look for finger and hand prints - a dirty ceiling will drive you crazy later;

Check for breaks, scrapes, holes, gouges and cracks.

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