Buying a house can be a whirlwind experience for new homeowners. You should know what to look for when doing a walk through with your home inspector. The floors of your home are an important structural concern. In addition, they can provide clues as to the condition and previous wear and tear on the rest of the home. Floors that are not properly maintained can be a safety hazard. Here’s what you and your home inspector should look for when inspecting the floors of your potential new home.
Obvious Water Damage
Water damage can compromise the structural integrity of a home. As a new homeowner, you should be aware that water damage can lead to bigger problems in the future if not immediately addressed. When your home inspector finds water damaged floors in your potential new home, take it seriously. Any leaks or seepage should be taken care of right away.
Sometimes when doing a walk through with a home inpector, potential new home owners may overlook the obvious. During a floor inspection be sure to note the type and condition of carpets and other floor coverings. Carpet stains and damage could mean the additional cost of replacing floor coverings, on top of home purchase costs.
Loose or Broken Tiles
Loose or broken tiles are more than a cosmetic concern. They could indicate a serious water leak or other plumbing issue. They can also become a safety hazard. Watch your step when doing a walk through with your home inspector. Loose or broken tiles may not be the only tripping hazard you encounter.
Loose or warped floorboards and nails are something a home inspector might look for on a floor inspection. These are not only unsightly, they’re dangerous. As a new home owner, you have a right to a live in a safe and structurally sound home. Floor board damage is also a sign of leakage that may become more expensive to repair if ignored.
Structure / Support
Your home inspector should be checking to see that floors are made to support a reasonable amount of weight. This includes you and all your belongings. Older homes may have rotting wood. Quick fix and flippers may not have bothered to add supporting beams where needed. Be sure your home inspector is qualified to recognize this type of problem.
Mold on carpet and floor boards is something you should check for when inspecting your potential new home. Mold could indicate a long term leak. Inhaling mold spores is also a serious health hazard, in and of itself. In some cases, it can even cause death. As a new homeowner, you should check very carefully for signs of mold growth with your home inspector.