Home inspections are a challenge during the winter.
Home buyers should have a thorough home inspection regardless of the time of year. But in the winter months, home inspectors work around the ice, snow, and slippery conditions.
:33 One of the biggest challenges to doing a home inspection in winter is getting to the property to do the inspection
:52 when snow is on the ground, how do you evaluate the perimeter of the home?
1:20 start with the interior of the house to keep the property neater
2:00 snow on the roof limits the visual but there are clues
2:15 lines on the roof indicate heat loss in the home
2:45 the lines you see on the roof are the actual rafters
This indicates the need for better insulation
3:13 icicles and ice dams on a house
3:38 ice dams are often associated with water in the house but that’s not the entire story
4:15 in the attic, look at the nails in the roof for signs of heat loss
4:40 in the winter the inspector spends more time in the attic so evaluate the roof
5:00 newer homes have better insulation than old houses and are less likely to have ice dams
6:08 heat cables, what are they?
7:13 advice for homeowners in the winter
7:50 look for pipes exposed to the weather
8:03 what to do with water pickets
8:30 plumbing on exterior walls, what to do
9:07 home ownership is doing visual maintenance
9:45 look for clues while doing an exterior walkthrough
10:04 most homes are not graded properly
You want a positive grade the dirt
11:03 remember water is your enemy as a homeowner or home buyer
11:39 create your own history in a home
12:30 weather patterns have changed and there is more water sitting on properties which can cause issues for the home.
12:50 sit with a house before major remodeling projects
14:00 winter time is an opportunity to check the windows
14:32 make a list of your concerns and don’t be afraid to ask questions
15:03 as a home buyer, who inspects the house is your decision. Choose a home inspector who communicates well
15:45 interview your home inspector