Renovated or Remodeled Houses Could Be Hiding Issues

  Did you know that if a house floods or catches fire from an upgrade that was improperly done, the home owner's insurance will not cover the cost of repair or replacement.

You found a house in a old neighborhood and the house is a few decades old.  However, it had been renovated and updated and looks brand new.  You may feel that it really doesn't need an inspection, but let me tell you it probably does and here is why.

Freshly painted walls may simply be a cosmetic and color update.  But, it also could be hiding moisture intrusion issues, such as mold, which would not become apparent for a year or so.  Yes, you can prime a wall with KILZ but that doesn't fix whatever is causing the mold and it will keep coming back.

New carpeting and new flooring always brighten up an old house.  But what if the old carpeting was damp in the winter and the issue was never properly addressed?  They may have sealed the floors but the moisture issue needs to be diagnosed and addressed.  Also, I just came across beautiful new carpeting on a floor that was sagging.  Then there was the newly tiled kitchen/family room where to confirm my suspicions, I laid a golf ball gently down and it slowly rolled toward the sliding door.

Boy, there are lots of electrical outlets.  That's good, right?  Unless the electrical panel had not been updated to accommodate the new load.  Then we have a fire hazard.

I just inspected a house that had three GFCI outlets in the kitchen.  Obviously whoever installed them did not know what they were doing.  One GFCI outlet will accommodate every electrical outlet in the kitchen.

Changing around heating vents and ducts is another potential for serious problems if not done correctly.  Carbon monoxide poisoning could result which is worst case scenario.

I could go on and on, but I hope I have convinced you that a remodeled or renovated house absolutely requires a careful and detailed investigation, before you can assume it is safe for your family.