Are you buying a new home to avoid “old home problems”
It seems lately new homes just “pop” up almost out of no where. Entire neighbourhoods and new development seems to take less and less time compared to how it used to take to build a home. We tend to call these areas “cookie cutter comes” where the entire neighbourhood has the same house design but maybe a few different exterior differences, like colour of the home, maybe different window fixtures and a different door. But, for the most part the floor plans are pretty much the same. They did this in the late 40’s early 50’s when many people were coming back from the war. They called these homes “war homes” where they were built exactly the same in mass numbers to house the soldiers and their families coming home in mass numbers, they were typically smaller homes that were easy to put up and could house about 3-4 people relatively comfortably.
The problem with a lot of newer development as it may look amazing to the naked eye is that they are done fast and inefficiently. Not all of them are though, but a huge majority of them have many issues that home inspectors tend to miss. These are usually small things that at the initial purchase of a home may pass the inspection but after a heavy rain or a few seasons pass could be causing damage to the building envelope because it wasn’t properly done right.
Do your research on the company that built the homes, check reviews, and have the home inspected by an environmental professional to assess the building envelope. There are sometimes more expenses involved with the purchase of a poorly developed newer home then there is with buying an older home and doing the renovations yourself. (This isn’t always the case) Older homes can have their issues as well when on the market, and if you are wanting to do the renovations to the home make sure the building envelope is secure before pursuing the renovations in the inside of the home first.
Make sure that the foundation has no cracks in it, that there doesn’t seem to have any water build ups around the home and that any water that is around the home is properly being pointed away from the home. If the home doesn’t have a sump pump, make sure that there doesn’t seem to have any water leaking in from the basement. If you can, check the foundation for humidity and possibly get thermal imaging done to see if there is any hidden moisture pockets.
In many cases, it’s to late to inspect the home because you may have already purchased the new home. You have trusted what the inspector has said and you and your family may already be living in this new home that is less then 5 years old and experiencing many different problems. From mold to water damage, to electrical problems and maybe even water coming in the foundation. This is the case for a lot of the newer homes that were put up without being properly examined and not properly inspected. Just because you don’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there! This is why having a proper inspection done before the purchase is important – or if you even suspect that it may have moisture, mold and even asbestos is important. Chances are that newer homes aren’t going to be built with asbestos in the home so that’s usually not an issue these days. But, if you are renovating an older home to meet today’s style and modern look. Then chances are you may run into it. In homes built prior to 1990 it’s a high chance that the home could contain asbestos in many areas of the home.
Most home inspectors don’t climb up on the roof to check for gaps in the shingles, they don’t normally check for cracks in the outdoor foundation or dig into the side of the ground by the home to see if there is water build up. Or even check the windows for condensation. This is why having an environmental professional come in for a second opinion may benefit you and your families health and well being in the future. Not to mention it will help your financial decisions on purchasing the home.
The problem with mold is that it can be hidden under baseboards, beneath carpet, and under a new paint job. Home inspectors will look for visual problems with the home, but may not necessarily be able to identify a mold problem. A credible home inspector may provide you with some warning signs that conditions exist to encourage mold growth:
1. Water stains
4. Leaky roof
That being said, a home inspector will not verify the existence of mold and may not specify this in their report. It is also important to understand that many home inspectors rely on referrals from real estate agents, which could cause potential conflict of interest issues.
Since extensive mold in a home can make it virtually unlivable, paying for a specialized mold inspection can potentially save you thousands of dollars and your health.
The cost of a professional mold inspection is negligible when you consider the potential price you may have to pay if the mold is unabated. When you are buying a home, it’s always better to be safe than sorry with your money and your health. Contact us now to book your mold!
Having a company come in to check the HVAC units in the home will also benefit your health and begin to give you many answers to things that could potentially be happening in your home. If your HVAC unit is blowing mold through out the home you will know that somewhere in the home there is moisture and the situation is that it is being blown through out the home. Future behaviour of this unit will depend on it’s current condition. The HVAC unit is much like the lungs of your home, if they aren’t clean and taken care of then neither will your lungs or home environment. This is how air circulates in the home, how it keeps the home dry, hot and cool. Have it inspected after major renovations just to make sure nothing got in the unit and change the filters regularly. When upgrading the HVAC in your home, have the rest of the home inspected to make sure you don’t cause more issues by the upgrade. Sometimes it may cause condensation in the home which can cause mold in the walls and around windows. Making sure that the rest of the home can support the change in air circulation first is always important.