Drones have taken the tech world by storm over the past few years and we’re not complaining. When it comes to capturing spectacular aerial views, these little flying robots can do wonders. While drones may be a videographer’s best friend, can the same be said for a home inspection team? These days, some companies make use of drones to investigate and inspect homes, skipping all the manual exertion involved. But with the ease comes the cons. Learn why drones might not be the best option or why they might be when you’re hiring a home inspection company for your house!

How Drones Make the Job Easy

Drones are ideal for a roof inspection. Examining roofs with a drone prevents the inspector from walking and possibly damaging the shingles on your roof. Plus, it’s a safer option as well. Some home inspectors might not even bother to climb on the roof and inspect with binoculars instead. To make the job easier, a drone can come in handy with roof inspections.

Assessing a roof with a drone will also keep the heavy ladders and other similar items away.

While no camera in the world can be compared to the actual eye, a high quality drone can capture a high definition view of the roof and give the inspector a good overall idea of the condition of the roof and any apparent damages. The video can also be recorded to view later in case something has been missed out on the initial investigation.

Where Do Drones Lack?

Perhaps the biggest downside to drones is that they don’t come cheap. A good drone will cost anywhere over $1000 and this would mean the cost of your home inspection will naturally elevate as well. Plus, if you don’t need a thorough roof inspection done, you really don’t need a drone inspection after all.

It’s important to weigh the advantages of a drone home inspection versus its disadvantages before making the final decision with your prospective home inspection company in the Des Moines area.

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Abandoned and vacant market hit the property market occasionally. While the frequency of these homes in the real estate business isn’t as high as homes that have people living in it with well-maintained rooms, furniture and walls, they still exist in the marketplace.

If you have your eyes set on buying a house that has been vacated for years, here are some things you should know what your prospective home inspector will do while assessing the status of the abandoned house.

 

The inspector will check for the utility services

An important element in a home inspection is the utility service. Without electricity and water, there are tons of aspects in the house that your home inspector won’t be able to inspect. Before starting the job, your home inspector will ask you to make sure if the utility services in the vacant home are active. If they’re not active, you’ll have to talk to the owner of the property to get them fixed.

Once the home inspector arrives and the utility services are still not functioning, it will go into the inspection report and many important elements of the home inspection will have to be skipped. So a prerequisite for getting an abandoned home inspected is to make sure the power is working in it.

The inspector will check for any pest infestation

A vacant home is an ideal habitat for animals and pests to make a nest inside. These pests not only include spiders, cockroaches, rodents and ants but other larger animals like raccoons, cats and dogs may also be living inside. The home inspector will inspect for any and all animals inside and may ask to call the animal control or a shelter for the animals living inside.

The inspector will check for anyone who has moved in

Sometimes people who have been struck by a disaster or those who don’t have a home of their own find shelter in an abandoned home. You home inspector will cautiously check for anyone who has moved in or if there is any evidence of someone living inside. In an event that there is evidence, the property owner or the local police is called for help.

If you are looking for an affordable and professional home inspector that serves the Des Moines area, please consider scheduling with Rightway Home Inspections Inc.

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Kitchens are one of the key rooms in a house and naturally, one of the most used one as well. Building a kitchen requires expertise but despite the perfectionism you want to achieve, there’s always a chance of something lacking. Here are the top things home inspectors find wrong in the kitchen!

#1: Built-in appliances aren’t leveled

The thing about built-in appliances is that the measurement isn’t always right. No matter how hard you try to make the kitchen as per the measurement of your appliance, there’s always human error or a technical error that ruins things. Often home inspectors will find a refrigerator not properly leveled or aligned which can cause functional issues. You may complain of the door not properly shutting or water leaking on the floor from underneath the fridge. To avoid these frustrating outcomes, it’s important to make sure your appliance achieves the perfect balance.

#2: Dishwasher drains are clogged

The dishwasher is an excellent machine that lets you relax once a giant feast has been done with. Unfortunately one of the most common complaints with this appliance is that it doesn’t drain properly. Your home inspector will be able to properly investigate whether it’s a clog or a technical fault that’s causing the issue. In most cases, it is a clog and it is easy to fix.

#3: Leaky faucets

Leaky faucets are a common sight in both kitchen and bathrooms. Apart from the fact that precious clean water is being wasted, a leaky faucet can seriously take a toll on your utility bill. A home inspector can easily locate the problem with your leaky faucet but it is the plumber that needs to be called for the repairs in most cases.

A reputable home inspection company in Des Moines will quickly pick up any and all faults in your kitchen that may not be evident to you right now but can have long-term effects. Call your home inspector today to get your kitchen inspected so repairs can be done as soon as possible!

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There’s not a high chance you’ll find old air conditioners being replaced but if you’re a responsible homeowner, you’d know how important replacing old air conditioners is. Upon home inspection, the home inspector will tell you how long the air conditioner will last and how soon you need to replace it. Not sure why we insist on getting your air conditioner inspected and possibly replaced, check out these important reasons below!

#1: It’s not energy-efficient

Old air conditioners are notorious for leeching electricity and generating massive utility bills. If your air conditioner is aging, you can guess how long it will hold up by the change in your electricity bills. If you’ve been noticing oddly high bills recently, there’s your excuse for getting your air conditioner inspected and, if needed, replaced.

#2: It can get noisy

Old appliances tend to make strange honking, buzzing and clunking sounds that can be seriously annoying. If your air conditioner is making the same noises, there’s a chance it needs to replaced (or perhaps repaired!). To be on the safe side, get it professionally inspected by your home inspecting company.

#3: Old air conditioners smell funny

The smell of moisture and dampness is a common phenomenon with old air conditioners. This stale odor can also be experienced when your appliance hasn’t been used for a long time. But if it is regularly used and still generates a stink, there could be a problem with it. If left unchecked, the entire house could smell like a swamp and that’s the last thing you want!

#4: All air conditioners have an age

Be it a luxurious inverter air conditioner or window ACs – all of these appliances have a certain age limit. With most air conditioners, the age is around 15 years but each individual model’s age will vary. Once the expiry date has come, there’s no reason not to get it replaced!

Looking for a professional Des Moines home inspection company to help you make sense of your current A/C system?  Call Rightway Home Inspections today!

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Carbon monoxide poisoning has fatal outcomes and is considered a silent killer. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most popular methods of committing suicide. This hazardous gas is produced due to incomplete combustion of any gas source. This could be your fireplace, the heater, the charcoal grill or practically any gas outlet. In spacious, well-ventilated areas, carbon monoxide build up rarely occurs but when there is a lack of air and space, carbon monoxide can be life-threatening.

A thorough home inspection will not only include finding out apparent damages to the home but also any safety hazards associated with carbon monoxide buildup. It is always recommended to install carbon monoxide smoke detectors in the house to keep the level in check always. A home inspector will measure the level of the gas with their own device as well and tell you if your house is safe to breathe in or not.

What makes carbon monoxide so harmful?

Carbon monoxide is an invisible gas with no detectable smell unless the gas is mixed with an artificial odor from the source. The fact that it’s invisible makes it all the more deadly because it remains unidentified before it’s too late. Symptoms of breathlessness, numbness and lightheadedness begin soon when the blood levels of carbon monoxide become high. By that time only medical intervention and fresh air can help reverse the fatal effects.

Since winters come with more usage of fire and gas, as well as closed doors and windows with poor ventilation, a case of carbon monoxide poisoning is more common in this season as compared to the summers.

Keeping your home safe from carbon monoxide

Proactive measures to prevent carbon monoxide buildup can go a long way. These measures include getting your HVAC appliances serviced annually, installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and scheduling a home inspection every other year or as recommended…You should also be wary of not leaving the gas open when it’s not in use or turning the engine of a parked vehicle in a closed garage on.

If you are considering the purchase or sale of a home, and looking for a reputable home inspector in Des Moines that will bring you the peace of mind to the inspection process, look no further than Rightway Home Inspections Inc.!