Getting More out of a House Inspection

Technician performing house inspection.A house inspection can be the best move you make when shopping for a home. You’ve patiently shopped around for weeks, or even months, and you’re looking to make an offer on a new house. This is a critical point in the process where some people forget, or even opt out of a house inspection because everything looks fine on the surface. But the truth is that even new construction homes should always receive a thorough house inspection. Here are a few tips to get the most out of your next house inspection.

  1. Give the home a thorough look for yourself. Once you’ve had a chance to walk through the home, it’s a good idea to take a step back and look past the bells and whistles. This should be done before you make an offer on the house. Turn on the lights, flush the toilets, look at the appliances, and even walk around the outside of the home and look for cracks in the foundation. If you notice several issues as you walk around the home, then that should raise a red flag. A little inspection on your own may be all that it takes to notice a few major issues and save you some money by walking away.
  2. Choose the right inspector. When it’s time for your house inspection, do some research to find the right inspector. Choose a licensed company that has an outstanding reputation for offering thorough, honest services to ensure that you are getting the best value. Although your friends or family members may be knowledgeable, we strongly encourage you to find a professional who can provide an honest, unbiased assessment of the property.
  3. Attend the house inspection. We’re not expecting you to take notes on every inspection detail; that’s what the inspection report is for. However, we do encourage you to attend the house inspection so that your inspector can answer any questions you may have.
  4. Make a list of repairs. An honest and complete house inspection will likely shine a light on a handful of needed repairs. Some repairs may be large while others may be small DIY projects. Regardless, make a list of all the repairs, along with estimated costs to help determine if you can afford them.
  5. Always make your offer contingent on a house inspection, and don’t be afraid to walk away if the issues are too complicated and costly. Too often, home buyers fall in love with a home and choose to go through with a purchase, even after their house inspection shows major issues with the property. Don’t be afraid to walk away if major issues, such as a cracked foundation, are brought to your attention during the inspection.
  6. Get creative with negotiations. Once you have your house inspection report, you have a chance to counter offer your original offer on the house. Take this opportunity to negotiate repairs that need to be done to the home. Often the seller will be willing to either make the repairs or lower the selling price of the home to balance out the cost of repairs.

A house inspection is arguably the most important step of the buying process. Once you find your next dream home, get in touch with your local Inspect-It 1st location. We will provide you with an honest and thorough house inspection so that you can better understand everything about the home before your purchase. Buying a house is a big step! You can trust Inspect-It 1st to help you take that step with the highest standard of professionalism in the business.



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Best Home Renovations for Value

homes-for-sale-326998_1280Not all home renovations yield the same results. When you’re considering a home renovation, no matter how big or small, it’s important to analyze the reasons why you are doing the remodel. Many people choose to customize areas of their home to fit their needs and desires. This is great while you’re living in the home, but it may not always be the best option for resale. Here are a few home renovations that will give you the best return on investment.

 

  • Kitchen. Perhaps you have heard the phrase, “you’re not selling a home, you’re selling the kitchen.” This is because the kitchen is often a make-or-break feature for many home buyers. If you have a substantial budget, opening up a kitchen with a complete renovation can make the space feel larger and more inviting. Even if you have a smaller budget, updating appliances, cabinets, and a fresh coat of paint can help you see a decent return on your investment.
  • Bathroom. An outdated bathroom can be an eyesore for potential buyers. Get rid of any dated hardware, faucets, and tile, and upgrade to something clean and neutral. Try not to get too gender specific with coloring, especially in a master bathroom.
  • Attic Bedroom. Some homes have the perfect layout for an attic bedroom. While these can be expensive, they can return a fair amount of your investment, especially in a smaller home with few bedrooms.
  • Basement. An unfinished space in the home, such as a basement, is often the best place to enhance your property with a home renovation. Adding an extra bedroom and bathroom to a basement can increase the value of your home significantly.
  • Flooring. While this may not seem important, an outdated space with old carpet can feel stodgy. Renewing the home, or even just a few rooms, with a flooring upgrade can make everything feel clean and fresh.

Things to keep in mind when choosing home renovations:

  • Styles change quite frequently. Don’t renovate your home in a style that will be outdated by the time you want to sell. On the other hand, if you’re looking to sell right away, choosing something that is currently trendy may actually attract more potential buyers.
  • Don’t overdo it. It’s easy to get carried away with home renovations. Going over the top with updates in an older neighborhood won’t yield as high of a return as you might expect. Updates are good, but it’s important to know when enough is enough.
  • Keep things in balance. An updated room is great, but it can quickly be forgotten if the rest of the house falls short. If you have a budget for home renovations, commit a small amount to updating the rest of the home with a fresh coat of paint. Pain can make a huge difference.

Home renovations can be an exciting project or a major headache. If you are uncomfortable handling a project, we highly recommend you hire a licensed contractor. Also, before you start any home renovations, it’s important to research any permits you may need to acquire. When it does come time to sell, the home inspection experts at Inspect-It 1st® will be happy to give you an honest and thorough inspection of your home.



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6 Things to Avoid When House Hunting

House hunting for the perfect home.House hunting can be an exciting experience, but it comes with its challenges. No matter how new the property is, there may still be issues that can lead to large expenses. An Inspect-It 1st home inspector can find issues with a property and inform you about repairs the house may need. Here are 6 problems we recommend that you avoid when house hunting.

  • Foundation issues. The foundation is critical to the structural integrity of your home. The problem is that many foundation issues are not visible to the buyer. Foundation repairs can cost several thousand dollars, and can lead to further issues down the road if not repaired promptly. If your home inspector mentions any issues involving the foundation, your best bet may be to walk away and continue house hunting.
  • Roof repairs. Take notice of any visible damage on the roof. While you’ll still want an inspector to investigate, problems such as missing shingles or other roofing damage can give you an idea of how well the house has been maintained. A damaged roof can also lead to water damage throughout the home. The total repair costs could easily reach over $10,000.
  • Siding replacement. The outside of a home can really take a beating from nature’s elements. Take a walk around the exterior of the home and give the outer shell a critical once-over. If the siding appears to be rotting, damaged, or rusting, be sure to factor that into your house hunting plan.
  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC). Another issue that you may not notice until you bring an inspector on board is the HVAC system. Does the home have a ventilation system, and if so, is it damaged? These are important things to note when house hunting. Replacing a furnace, air conditioner, or repairing ventilation can cost you thousands in unexpected costs.
  • Deck repair. If the home has a deck, take a look for rotting or cracks. A deck is a major perk for many people, but a damaged deck can pose safety problems and a hefty repair bill.
  • Driveway. When you’re house hunting, remember that you are investing in more than the house itself. If the driveway is damaged and cracked, it’s likely that a repair or replacement will be needed soon. If not repaired, it can cause damage to your vehicles over time.

These are not necessarily a deal breaker for everyone, however avoiding these while on your house hunting journey can save you thousands of dollars. Some issues are visible, but there are many things that may not be so obvious. Although it’s good to check for issues when house hunting, it’s still crucial for every home buyer to get a home inspection before making the purchase. At Inspect-It 1st, our experts provide you with a thorough, honest inspection so you have all the information you need about the property. Get in touch with us today!



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7 Home Staging Tips to Sell This Summer

Get your house ready to sell with these 7 home staging tips.Everybody has an opinion about the best time to sell a home. In our opinion, the best time is whenever you are ready. Once you’ve made the decision to sell, there are a few things you can do to increase your chances of selling quickly and for the best price. We’ve put together a list of 7 home staging tips to help you sell your home this summer!

  1. Set a good first impression. It’s no secret that first impressions are everything. Catch the eye of potential buyers by keeping the outside of your home clean and maintained.
  2. Ditch the clutter. One of the biggest turn-offs for potential buyers is clutter. When trying to sell, one of the most common home staging tips you hear is to box up anything you can live without for a couple months. Doing so will help keep rooms tidy and appear larger. When rooms are full of stuff, especially personal belongings like photos and memorabilia, it can be difficult for people to visualize their family in the home.
  3. Give the home a deep clean. Set aside a day to clean every nook and cranny in your home. Much of a home’s appeal is in the cleanliness. Throw away all those old newspapers, scrub the floors, and even clean the toilets. If there is a stain or smell, do everything you can to get rid of it! The home should be as fresh and clean as possible.
  4. Style common rooms as neutral as possible. Now that you have cleaned your home, it’s still important for the space to have character. This is where our home staging tips become a bit more fun. It’s best to keep “common” spaces such as the living room, kitchen, and bathroom fairly neutral and functional. A fresh coat of paint can bring life to a room, but make sure not to get too crazy. Neutral tones tend to appeal more to buyers.
  5. Arrange furniture to make rooms appear larger, as long as it makes sense. Furniture tends to get moved around for holidays or activities, but they don’t always get put back in the best spot. Try moving your furniture around to create more open space. Open space gives the illusion of a larger room. However, be careful that the furniture placement makes sense. If your furniture is outdated, or large and bulky, you can rent staging furniture to help boost the appeal.
  6. Style your master bedroom. Style your master bedroom to be gender neutral. This is one of the home staging tips that people often forget. A master bedroom is the homeowners’ sanctuary. It’s best to set a neutral tone, so either gender feels welcome.
  7. Keep pet evidence in check. You love your pet, we know, but evidence of pets in the home can turn away potential buyers. Keep toys in a storage bin when not in use and always clean up after your pet. Also, don’t forget to clean up any waste your furry friend may leave in the yard!

Staging your home to appeal to a variety of potential buyers can make a huge difference. With these home staging tips, you will be setting yourself up for a faster sale, and hopefully at your asking price! Before you sell, contact the home inspection experts at Inspect-It 1st. We can make sure your home is ready to sell with an honest inspection!



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Home Buying Checklist

 

Home buying checklist for your next home.A home buying checklist can make a huge difference in your search for a new home. How do you know which house is the right house for you? Once you are preapproved for a home loan, the next step is to create a checklist. A well-thought-out checklist can help you make rational decisions based on your wants, and more importantly, your needs. Here are a few items we recommend you keep in mind when creating your home buying checklist.

  • Location: One of the most important points on any home buying checklist is where your future home will be located. The main factor to keep in mind is where the members of the household will need to commute to, for example, work or school. Other things to note are the city property taxes, crime rates, and school district ratings. Sit down and determine that the area fits your situation best.
  • Layout: Now that you’ve determined the area in which you’d like your next home to be, determine what type of layout is important to you. Do you need all bedrooms on one level, or would you prefer to have a master retreat away from the kids? Would you like an open floor plan, or do you prefer clearly separated rooms? These are important details to note on your home buying checklist.
  • Number and size of rooms: How many people will be living in the home, and do they all need their own bedroom? Is a guest room important for the in-laws, or would you rather they stay at a hotel when they come to town? Make sure you have enough room, without buying more than you need.
  • Bathrooms: There’s very little appeal to a ten bedroom home if there’s only one bathroom. Adding bathrooms later can be expensive, so decide how many you need to live comfortably.
  • Windows: When walking through your potential new home, pay attention to the window size and placement throughout the house. Windows let in natural light and help the space feel more open and inviting.
  • Lot size and grade: Walk around the property and take note of the lot. Keep in mind, a large lot will take more maintenance, but a small lot will often result in close neighbors. Also, to help keep water out of the home, you’ll want the terrain to slope away from the home.
  • Parking: An easy-to-overlook detail is the parking situation. Does the home have a garage? Will you need to park on the street? Depending on the area, this could be a major issue.
  • Heating and cooling systems: Depending on the climate of your location, heating or air conditioning could be essential. Take note on your home buyer checklist of the heating and cooling situation in the home.
  • Laundry room location: Seems like a silly thing to put on the home buyer checklist, right? Well, you’d be surprised how important it is. Would you prefer the laundry room to be in the basement, far away from the bedrooms, or would you prefer it to be on the main living level or even on an upper level?
  • Organize and prioritize: You could spend months, or even years, searching for the dream home in your budget. Taking notes on your home buying checklist regarding what’s most important will help you compromise where needed and make a calculated decision.

Finally, once you’ve found the house that you hope to purchase, set up a home inspection to make sure everything is in good condition. When you’re ready, contact the home inspection experts at Inspect-It 1st. Even if everything looks good to the eye, it’s crucial to let a professional look at every aspect of the home to assure that you are making a good purchase. We’ll set you up with an honest top-to-bottom inspection!



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Tips to Prevent Water Leaks in Your Home

Water leaks from faucet.There’s nothing worse than coming home to a flooded house. Water leaks from inside or outside the home can lead to mold, structural issues, and major repairs if not properly treated in a timely manner. The good news is that there are check-ups you can do on a regular basis to locate water leaks before they become a larger problem. Spring is upon us, and when seasons change you are at higher risk for outside water coming into the home. Here are a few places that we recommend checking for water leaks.

Inside Your Home:

  • Annually check the hoses and connections to all of your appliances that use water. Often you can catch leaks and make affordable repairs when they’re small. If you find small puddles or damp spots on the floor, it’s likely that you have a small leak. We recommend that you isolate the source and make the repair as soon as possible.
  • Regularly check under sinks and around the toilet. One of the most common places for water leaks to begin is in the bathroom. Remember that even if you don’t see a water leak in the bathroom, it may still be dripping to the level below. If you notice a water leak coming from your bathroom at any point, we recommend finding the source and shutting off the water via the shut-off valve as soon as possible. Make the repair while the leak is small.
  • Locate the master water shut-off valve to your home. In the event of a major water leak or pipe burst, knowing how to shut off the water can spare you a major headache caused by an unexpected lake in your basement.

Outside Your Home:

  • Let’s take it from the top. A faulty roof is often a major culprit of unwanted water leaks in the home. Inspect the roof annually by searching for any missing or damaged shingles. If it looks like water could seep through, it can.
  • Get your mind in the gutters. As seasons change, gutters and downspouts tend to get clogged with anything you can imagine. Clean out the gutters a few times per year to assure that they do their job in directing water away from your home.
  • Walk around the perimeter of the home and take note of any cracks that could allow water to seep in. Filling the cracks with a foam sealant can be a huge help in preventing water leaks.

A water leak can be just the beginning of a major problem. Check these items around your home often. If you find water where it shouldn’t be, don’t ignore these first signs of a problem. Find the source of the problem and take care of it right away. Catching leaks early can save you loads of time and money. For a professional and honest assessment, contact the home inspection experts at Inspect-It 1st. One of our qualified inspectors can come to your home and check for water leaks and damage. Take care of your home, and it will take care of you.



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7 Spring Clean-up Tips for Your Home

Spring cleaning a countertop with sponge.Whether or not you are looking to sell your home, an annual cleaning is a great way to get rid of clutter and make your home a more inviting environment. Here are our 7 spring clean-up tips that will help make your home a more pleasant, organized, and welcoming place to live.

  • Clean out your closet. We all have clothes in our closets that have been long forgotten or no longer fit. Take the time to go through your closets and evaluate the contents. If you haven’t worn a jacket in the last six months, it’s time to get rid of it. Set aside all the gently used items and donate them to a local charity or homeless shelter. Not only will this spring clean-up tip help you clean out your unused items, but it will also help somebody in need.
  • Organize your home by the seasons. There’s no need to clutter your home with items you won’t need again for months. Head down to your local home improvement store and pick up a few large storage bins. Go through your seasonal items that are only used a few months out of the year, then organize these items into the storage bins. Clearly label the bins by season and move these goods to a crawl space or storage room. This spring clean-up tip is effective during each seasonal change and will help keep your home clutter-free.
  • Get rid of stains and odors. Your home should be pleasing to all five senses, so don’t overlook your sense of smell. Locate the source of foul smells in your home and clear them out. Odors can stem from stains, garbage cans, fabrics, carpets – you name it. Clear out the odors and fill your home with a pleasant aroma that immediately feels more welcoming. Especially when you are trying to sell your home, stains and odors can be a distraction that may completely turn away potential buyers.
  • Clean your walls. Many people are unaware that you can and should clean your walls. Over time, walls get marked up with handprints, dirt, and grime. Keep your walls looking as good as new by gently washing with soap and water during your spring clean-up routine.
  • Don’t forget ceiling fans and light fixtures. Dust is found everywhere in the home. Much of it can easily be taken care of by dusting on a regular basis. However, there are overlooked places that can harbor loads of dust and dirt. The most commonly forgotten places are ceiling fans and light fixtures. By cleaning these regularly, you may also help keep spring allergies in check.
  • Use your spring clean-up to change the mood of the home. Changing the mood of the home can be as easy as rearranging your furniture or swapping seasonal home accessories. A few simple changes can bring life back to your home. If you are planning to sell your home this spring, create a neutral mood that will increase the home’s appeal to a wide variety of potential buyers.
  • Organize your shelves. Shelves are great for displaying books, mementos, and family photos. If your bookshelf or mantle is overrun with junk mail and too many knick-knacks, it’s time to clear the excess. Extra clutter can make a space feel uninviting and overwhelming. Spring cleaning is a good excuse to refresh and simplify your home.

A thorough spring clean-up can make your home feel more spacious and inviting. Whether you plan to sell your home this spring or live there for years to come, a major clean-up and reorganization of household belongings can improve your home and the quality of your life. When you do plan on selling your home, get in touch with the home inspection experts at Inspect-It 1st for all of your quality home inspection needs.



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A Flooded Basement: Prevent to Protect

Basement flooding coming through the back door.A flooded basement can happen for a number of reasons, most of them having nothing to do with leaving a window or cellar door open. In other words, it’s not your fault! Houses age, and just like people, their joints begin to wear down and functioning efficiently becomes more difficult.

If a basement develops pooling or settling water, it can have devastating effects on the health of residents as well as weakening the foundation and creating a safety hazard. The first step to eliminating the problem or preventing it altogether is addressing the possible causes. Let’s take a look at a few of these aging structural concerns that may lead to a flooded basement:

  • Old Plumbing – Older homes use older building materials that may have been the best quality at the time but are now outdated and inefficient. One example is clay piping for a home’s plumbing system. Clay becomes softer and more brittle over time, causing it to be susceptible to being infested with roots. This can break pipes and cause major leaks which end up as a flooded basement and a headache.
  • Cracked Foundation – A foundation is not only a strong base for the structure of your home, but also a barrier to the outside. When it becomes cracked from age, stress, or even natural disaster, the outside elements can get through. This includes things like water or even weeds, insects, and rodents depending on the size of the crack or hole.
  • Sloped Yard – There can also be water seepage through a solid foundation or pooling and draining through walls. This seems to happen most often with houses whose yards slope toward the home. Water from rainfall or even sprinklers will drain down the slope and pool against the wall or down the wall into the foundation.

If you think your flooded basement is due to one of these causes or you suspect that your basement will flood, don’t despair. Each one of them can be addressed – even before any water pools. Here are some correction methods for flooded basement prevention:

  • Install a New Plumbing System – Just like joints can be rebuilt and reinforced, so too can a house’s pipes. Clay is only supposed to last 50-60 years, so just replace the piping when it starts to break down. This can cost anywhere from $2,000-20,000 and is usually estimated by foot of pipe. The bigger your home, the more money it will cost.
  • Patching Cracks – It is possible to patch foundation cracks on your own. Most hydraulic cements do an adequate job and can last a few years. However, a more permanent fix isn’t too much more expensive. An epoxy-ejection system can fill in the crack completely and permanently for around $60 per tube. That’s considerably more cost effective than covering flood damage.
  • A New Yard Gradient – Leveling out the gradient of your yard can be a positive thing, not only by reducing basement leaks, but also for the aesthetic and usability of the yard. A level yard will incur less pooling and fewer weeds. A firmer ground also means fewer rodents. Additionally, it uncovers or brings in new soil that will offer more enrichment for grass or a garden. Moving dirt around to level your yard can cost anywhere from $15-30 per yard. So once again, the full cost depends on the size of the yard and the problem.

Don’t let a flooded basement affect the integrity, stability, or comfortability of your home – especially when there are affordable solutions and people to help. If you suspect any one of these issues listed above, don’t hesitate to contact Inspect It 1st for quality inspection services. Being informed and getting the repairs taken care of quickly can ease your mind, protect your home investment, and – most importantly – protect your family.



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Safety During Small Bathroom Renovations

Small bathroom renovations can be fun and financially beneficial for a DIYer, but every home renovation should be tempered with a little caution. Renovation usually means taking out your handy tool box and loosening some screws here and there or dismantling something. And any time you dismantle something, there’s a chance to uncover a problem in the bare bones beneath. But for small bathroom renovations, it could potentially mean altering or damaging the plumbing as well.

Here are some cautions to take with small bathroom renovations:

  • Man working on a small bathroom renovation. Paint – Believe it or not, lead paint is a possibility inside the home just as much as outside. In a bathroom especially, baseboards with lead paint might peel and flake from the moisture in the air and over time create a serious health hazard. Remove old paint rather than painting over it to ensure this toxin doesn’t stick around. CAUTION: Lead paint is hazardous to breathe, and many states require a specific contractor for proper removal. However, if you elect to do it yourself, remember to:
    • Wear a mask.
    • Move all other objects out of the bathroom so they are not contaminated.
    • Cover any objects that can’t be moved with polyethylene plastic.
    • Cover the door with poly to contain the air contamination.
    • Shut off heat, air conditioning, and other ventilation systems.
  • Walls/Tile – Before you start breaking down walls to renovate or popping up vinyl tiles, be aware that asbestos could be lurking. Just like with lead paint, particles may be released into the air and cause a serious health hazard, putting you and your loved ones at risk for lung cancer and disease. If you find asbestos, you may be required to notify certain agencies, depending on your state. Either way, you’ll definitely want a professional to guide you through the removal process.
  • Plumbing – If part of your renovation requires something even as small as putting in a new toilet, there is the opportunity to crack pipes or uncover old or leaky plumbing. Older houses may even have clay pipes that become infested with roots or other debris and have cracked over time. To avoid flooding, sewer backups, and other costly issues, simply have an inspector check the system while the renovations are taking place.

If carried out correctly and with the right precautions, small bathroom renovations can pay for themselves. How? By increasing the value of your home. Not to mention, they can provide clean and fresh updates to old and inefficient layouts or conditions. In short, they can make your family more comfortable. So don’t be discouraged by the cautions; they are only meant to make sure your work turns out spotless and safe!

During small bathroom renovations, you might come across plumbing that you believe is old or inefficient. Or maybe you find mold and a leak behind some bathroom tiles. Carrying out the renovations on your own doesn’t mean you should deal with potential problems on your own. Before you cover up that mold stain or ignore the voice in the back of your head, Inspect It 1st! A skilled home inspector from Inspect It 1st can give you the peace of mind that your plumbing is solid or give you the knowledge you need to have it repaired. Small bathroom renovations may not be easy, but they can be done safely and help you keep your loved ones safe, too!



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Water Quality Testing in Your Home

In the process of buying or selling a home, you will probably get a home inspection that includes water quality testing. Sometimes water quality testing will determine that there are no issues, but other times tests can reveal potentially devastating problems that are a danger to the health of the home and its occupants. Plumbing could need to be replaced, the water source further investigated, or other repairs might be required. Repairs resulting from water quality testing can amount to as much as tens of thousands of dollars. The worse case scenario is the property being condemned. Ultimately, it’s better to be safe than sorry – both to protect your investment and to protect your family.

 

What does water quality testing include?Water quality texting kit.

 

Water quality testing measures the following:

  • Acidity – Acidic water will register below 7 on a pH scale while basic water will be indicated by anything above 7. Results typically vary between 7 and 7.5. Water that is more acidic can be corrosive to plumbing, leave stains, and even carry and release lead into water that is consumed, posing a health concern.
  • Chlorine – While chlorine may be used to disinfect public and private water sources, large leftover traces react with decaying organic matter to form cancer-causing carcinogens. Water quality testing also detects chlorine to help maintain the taste and odor of the water, because too much chlorine can alter both. It can even irritate skin and eyes.
  • Water Hardness – Calcium and magnesium build up in water and these metals, if not detected by water quality testing, can present health risks. They also build up scale residue in pipes over time and can severely clog the plumbing system. Or, if water hardness is low, it can be as corrosive as acidic water.
  • Iron – This mineral exists in the ground naturally and leaches into drinking water. While a small amount is healthy, too much can taste bitter or discolor skin, clothes, and hair.
  • Copper – A small amount of copper is expected from water quality testing. However, anything more than 1ppm can lead to health problems including anemia, pancreatitis and jaundice.
  • Nitrates and Nitrites – Sewage, fertilizer, and other man-made chemicals can seep into a water system and cause health risks, especially to pregnant women and unborn children. It reduces the oxygen available to adults as well as fetuses.

When buying or selling, water quality testing is just another essential part of health and safety inspections. Having potable water and ensuring that your pipes last is as important as a solid foundation, roof, or functioning heat. Consider these inspection services from Inspect-It 1st before investing in or handing over your property to another family. Inspect-It 1st will ensure that your home is safe for your family and will last a long time.



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