Would you buy a new car without taking it out for a test drive? Probably not. Whether you’re buying your first, second or even third home, it is one of the largest purchases you will ever make. That’s why having a thorough home inspection is key. Professional home inspectors are licensed by the state and must maintain their license through continuing education classes.
Q: We hired a home inspector to help us out when we were buying a home in Chicago. We received the report, reviewed it and later closed. The report indicated some minor inspection issues but nothing major.
About a week after our closing we called an air conditioning company to come evaluate our system. We knew that some repairs would be needed and were looking for some estimates. The contractor went to the utility room and immediately told us that he wouldn't even dare get close to our heating unit. He showed my husband how the pipes and ducts around the furnace were wrapped in asbestos. He also told my husband that the asbestos was in terrible condition and would need to be replaced by an asbestos contractor.
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State launches program to test day cares for radon gas - TheIndyChannel.com Indianapolis, IN
The federal Environmental Protection Agency estimates one in five schools has a classroom with dangerous levels of radon--- a carcinogen you can’t see or smell. Radon is gas that occurs naturally in the soil, but it gets trapped in buildings. It’s also the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, killing an estimated 600 people a year in Indiana. Yet, Indiana does not require schools or day cares to test for radon. While the EPA does not have any guidance specific to childcare facilities, it recommends all homes and schools be tested for radon.
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In our special report -- a hidden home danger. Most homes are equipped with smoke detectors and likely carbon monoxide detectors. But do you have something that checks the radon levels in your home? If the answer is no, it might be something you want to re-consider.
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Radon is a natural occurring radioactive gas that’s produced when uranium breaks down in the soil. The Environmental Protection Agency says the gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer, behind smoking.
Illinois Schools recommend state schools test for the gas every five years. An in-depth report by 13 Investigates, found that recommendation is almost never being followed in our area. Out of the five biggest school districts in the area, only three schools were tested over the last decade. All the schools were at RPS 205. Dennis Early Childhood in 2011, Roosevelt Community Education Center in 2016, and Marsh Elementary in 2017. According to maps from the EPA, Winnebago County is a hot zone for radon with many areas coming in above the federal safety level of 4.0 pCi/L.
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If there’s any doubt about the condition of your house, double down and pay for a professional opinion.It’s easy to grow attached to your home and overlook some of the wear and tear. But while those familiar flaws may feel like home to you, they might not be to potential buyers. After all, if someone is making such a large investment to buy your home, they want to make sure it’s a good product.
If you plan to put your house on the market, consider getting a professional prelisting home inspection done or including a recent inspection report in your home’s disclosure documents. I did the latter when I sold my home, and it helped me get ahead of buyer demands during escrow—the 30-day period before closing when buyers can ask the seller to make small fixes or provide a credit to fix it later.
Seven Reasons To Get a Home Inspection Before Listing Your House
1. It could save you money. It can seem daunting to make repairs before you list your home, but it can save you in the long run.
If issues show up in the buyer’s inspection report, the buyer will likely ask for a price reduction, a credit, or have you make the fix yourself. Depending on the severity of the issues and the buyer’s willingness to negotiate, it can sink the original offer amount.
2. It could lead to a faster close.Getting your house in the best shape possible should help speed up the sale process. If you proactively make the necessary repairs, there is less likelihood to be stuck in a long negotiation process.
3. It can give you a competitive edge.A prelisting home inspection can signal to potential buyers that you’ve done the due diligence on their future home. It can give potential buyers confidence in you as an honest seller and in the quality of the home you are selling.
It can also be a useful tool in the negotiation process. A potential buyer will have less merit to claim a price reduction for repairs if you’ve made the necessary fixes ahead of time.
4. Definitely fix the deal breakers.If you do have a prelisting home inspection, what issues should you seriously consider fixing? There are a few problems that may show up on your list that are deal breakers to most buyers, and they’re often time consuming, expensive, and can cause a buyer to pull out of their offer.
Although it can vary from market to market, these are some of the top deal breakers. Brace yourself: Note: If you’ve made additions to your home, make sure you pull the permits to show they were completed legally.
Some pros feel that instead of wasting time and money upfront, a seller should wait for the results of the home inspection and add repairs to the closing cost. While this is an option, you may be hit with a surprise that causes your sale to fall through.
However, if you’ve recently had a professional inspection and no major issues have arisen since, you could skip having another inspection done. Just be sure to include that inspection report into your home’s disclosure documents.
7. Bottom line: Prelisting home inspections are often a good idea.Waiting for the buyer to work through an independent home inspection could cause the deal to fall through. Even if you offer to fix a problem that arises on the buyer’s inspection report, skittish buyers may be hesitant to close the deal.
The prelisting home inspection can put a nervous seller at ease and give you a better chance for a fast and easy close.
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Originally published April 30, 2015. Updated August 24, 2017.
The summer is shaping up to be a miserable season for many house-hunters.
Home values across the U.S. spiked almost 9 percent last month, marking that fastest pace since the height of the housing bubble in June 2006.
Despite the sharply higher prices, demand from buyers remains strong, thanks to a combination of demographic changes, rising wages and the new tax cut, creating what real estate data site Zillow describes as "a perfect storm." On top of that, new construction has been sluggish, leading to tight inventory.
The median home price in the U.S. rose 8.7 percent to $215,600 in April compared with a year earlier, Zillow found.
Higher mortgage rates add to the challenge of finding an affordable home, and some buyers may be rushing to make a purchase before the Federal Reserve potentially boosts rates again later this year. Fixed rates for 30-year mortgages are now at about 4.66 percent, their highest level since May 2011, Freddie Mac reported on Thursday.
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Reliable techniques exist for reducing radon levels in homes. Experience with radon mitigation systems has developed to the point that virtually any home can be fixed, either by a trained radon contractor, or in some cases, by homeowners who accomplish the repairs themselves. One out of 15 (6%) homes nationally may have elevated indoor radon levels that should be lower. The percentage of elevated homes in your state may be much higher. The only way to know a house is elevated is to test.
How do I treat radon?Research by public and private agencies, years of extensive hands-on mitigation experience, and long-term follow-up studies on the durability of radon mitigation systems have formed a strong knowledge base of proven mitigation techniques for homes, schools, and commercial buildings. The techniques are straightforward and, for a typical single family residence, can be done in one day by a qualified contractor.
Radon reduction requires more than just sealing cracks in the foundation. In fact, caulking and sealing of foundation openings, on its own, has proven not to be a reliable or durable technique. However, sealing is done in conjunction with other mitigation steps.
Active soil depressurization (ASD) has proven to be a cost-effective and reliable technique for radon reduction, by collecting the radon from beneath the building before it can enter. The systems can be simple or complex, depending upon the design of the building. Operating costs of the fans are minor, due to their low power consumption (typically less than 90 watts per fan).
The system draws the radon-laden soil gas from beneath the foundation and exhausts it outside of the building, far enough away from windows and other openings that it will not reenter. The system typically consists of a plastic pipe connected to the soil through a hole in a slab floor, through a sump lid connection, or beneath a plastic sheet in a crawl space. Attached to the pipe is a quiet, continuously operating fan that discharges the radon outdoors.
The system design is a function of the construction of the home, rather than the radon concentrations in the home. A home with more than one foundation can present challenges to collecting the soil gas from under all portions of the building. However, trained mitigation contractors can sometimes connect multiple systems together so that only one fan system is required.
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Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas. It comes from the natural decay of uranium or thorium found in nearly all soils. It typically moves up through the ground and into the home through cracks in floors, walls and foundations. It can also be released from building materials or from well water. Radon breaks down quickly, giving off radioactive particles. Long-term exposure to these particles can lead to lung cancer.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon causes about 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States each year. While other estimates might be higher or lower, there is general agreement that radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer after active smoking and the leading cause among non-smokers. Many radon-related lung cancer deaths can be prevented by testing for radon and taking the necessary steps to lower radon exposure in homes that have elevated radon levels. This process is known as radon mitigation.
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