The homeowners might not be in a good position to differentiate between issues in the old and new houses when conducting their regular home inspection. There are some issues which need to be checked by the experts such as electrical repairs while the homeowners themselves can do others. The simple maintenance issues done by the homeowners help in saving cost. These are those repairs which can be done easily such as replacement of bulbs.
These are some of the areas that require being addressed while conducting the home inspection.
You should have a solid throne toilet but not the swivel or rocking chair one. Any loosening of the toilet flange causes damage might lead to leakages in the sewerage system. Replacement of the wax seal as well as resetting of the toilet should be done on those toilets which rock when seated on. This is a simple task that any homeowner can do as it is only the wax ring that is needed.
Leaks which occur under the sinks are a common problem in the plumbing system. Some of these leaks are difficult to be noticed. This is best done by putting the sink’s stopper in and then filling it up. Allow the excess water to flow through the overflow drain. The plug is then pulled once the sink is full. Carefully observe the flow of water under the sink by use of a flashlight. Any leakages below the sink are indicated by the dripping down of water. This problem is rectified by replacing the drain piping or by tightening things up.
If you have not changed your AC filter or furnace soon, then it is the high time to replace it. You should always ensure that there is enough fuel in the tank when inspection of the furnace is being done. You should also check on the condition of the pilot lights in your appliances.
This is another issue that should be inspected by the homeowner. Ensure that all the bulbs are working and the house is well lit. Besides, ensure that all the lighting system in the basement is in good condition. Any bulb that is not working should be replaced.
The attic should be inspected regularly. Always ensure that its insulation is in good condition. Focus mainly on the areas around the bathroom vent fans and the electrical boxes. Any blown in insulation should be replaced. You are advised to wear the protective clothing such as dust mask and goggles when you are doing this maintenance.